Photoinitiated crosslinking of hydroxypropyl cellulose in the isotropic and liquid crystal states



The influence of temperature, concentration, and shear rate on the formation of liquid crystal solutions of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) in DMAc and the preservation of the structure by photoinitiated crosslinking were investigated. The rate of changes in the relaxation pattern for the characteristic band texture of HPC liquid crystals after cessation of shear is inversely proportional to the extent of the crosslinking. This shows that the liquid crystalline structure is preserved upon crosslinking. The molecular orientation of the crosslinked films as a function of mesophase organization and concentration during crosslinking was studied.