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Title: Discotic liquid crystal-nanoparticle hybrid systems
Authors: Kumar, Sandeep
Keywords: nanorods
Issue Date: 24-Jan-2014
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: NPG Asia Materials, 2014, Vol. 6, e82
Abstract: Discotic liquid crystals (DLCs) are nanomaterials with sizes ranging from 2 to 6 nm, and they are emerging as one-dimensional organic semiconducting materials. Recently, hybridization of these materials with various metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles (NPs) to alter and improve their properties has been realized. This article provides an overview of the developments in the field of newly immersed discotic nanoscience, a sub-field of liquid crystal (LC) nanoscience. As this field is also of great interest to readers without an LCs background, a brief introduction of the LC field is given first, with special emphasis on DLCs. This is followed by various DLC-NP hybrid systems. Finally, an outlook into the future of this newly emerging, fascinating and exciting field of discotic nanoscience research is provided.
Description: Open Access.
ISSN: 1884-4057 (Online)
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Copyright: 2014 Nature Publishing Group
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