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Jongwook Kim, Alexis de la Cotte, Rodolphe Deloncle, Samuel Archambeau, Claudine Biver, Jean-Paul Cano, Khalid Lahlil, Jean-Pierre Boilot, Eric Grelet and Thierry Gacoin LaPO4 Mineral Liquid Crystalline Suspensions with Outstanding Colloidal Stability for Electro-Optical Applications Advanced Functional Materials 22

Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201200825

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A new type of mineral liquid crystal system composed of LaPO4 particles with tuned long rod-like morphology self-organizes into different mesophases. An electro-optical experiment shows a very efficient alignment of the nanorod suspension exhibiting large birefringence under a weak electric field. This result, combined with the high intrinsic transparency and athermal behavior, opens the way towards a new class of self-assembling materials for electro-optical applications.

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