Financial support was provided by the NSF (DMR-0520527) through a grant to the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Wisconsin. D. M. L. is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.
Reversible Control of Ordering Transitions at Aqueous/Liquid Crystal Interfaces Using Functional Amphiphilic Polymers†
Article first published online: 31 OCT 2007
Copyright © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 19, Issue 23, pages 4208–4212, December, 2007
How to Cite
Kinsinger, M. I., Sun, B., Abbott, N. L. and Lynn, D. M. (2007), Reversible Control of Ordering Transitions at Aqueous/Liquid Crystal Interfaces Using Functional Amphiphilic Polymers. Adv. Mater., 19: 4208–4212. doi: 10.1002/adma.200700718
- Issue published online: 28 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 31 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 21 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAR 2007
- NSF. Grant Number: DMR-0520527
- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
- Amphiphilic materials;
- Liquid crystals
Functional amphiphilic polymers designed to assemble at interfaces between a nematic liquid crystal and immiscible aqueous phases trigger ordering transitions that result in changes in the optical appearance of the liquid crystal (see figure and cover). The resulting polymer-functionalized interfaces respond reversibly to changes in the pH of aqueous solutions and suggest approaches to the design of fluid interfaces that respond actively or reversibly to a broad range of environmental stimuli.