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Lyotropic Phases Formed by “Molecular Bottlebrushes”


  • Financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie is gratefully acknowledged (M. W. and M. S.)


Extremely stiff macromolecules in the form of “hairy rods” or more precisely “molecular bottlebrushes” (without a handle) are easily accessible by the polymerization of polymacromonomers. As anticipated from their high degree of stiffness, these molecules form lyotropic, liquid-crystalline phases, although they consist of “commodity” monomers like styrene and methylacrylate.

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