Self-Assembly of Unfunctionalized Nanoparticles in Crystallization of Liquid Crystal Trimers.

The crystallization of liquid crystal (LC) trimer-nanoparticle blends resulted in the formation of striped patterns in the crystals. The stripes were initially blurry but became sharper in the nematic LCs formed with heating. When the striped patterns began to collapse, many micron-scale colloidal particles were found out. Both the colloidal particles and… (More)