(221e) Elastic Energy-Driven Phase Separation of Phospholipid Monolayers at the Nematic Liquid Crystal-Aqueous Interface
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:55am to 10:15am
This talk will describe experimental measurements and a thermodynamic model that reveal that nematic elasticity can induce lateral phase separation of amphiphilic molecules assembled at interfaces between thermotropic liquid crystals (LCs) and immiscible aqueous phases. The morphologies of the phase-separated domains of amphiphiles induced by nematic elasticity will be shown to be strongly dependent on the nature of the deformation of the LC. This study provides important insight into the physics that controls the ordering of molecules at interfaces of soft anisotropic materials, and identifies a new mechanism of phase separation at these interfaces.