(822a) Functional Nanostructured Polymer Materials Based On Liquid Crystal Building Blocks
Our research program in LC-based, nanostructured polymers is divided into three main areas. The first area is the development of polymerizable lyotropic LCs for the construction of functional, nanostructured polymeric materials. The second area involves the design of monomers based on functional thermotropic LCs to control order, symmetry, and symmetry-based bulk properties in the final polymer assembly. The third area is the development of new strategies for the synthesis of LCs that exhibit functional properties and new supramolecular architectures to serve as building blocks for new materials.