Title

Photoinitiated Polymerization of Liquid Crystalline Monomers Bearing Nonaromatic Mesogenic Units

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1993

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

There have been a number of papers appearing in the literature over the past two or three decades which have focused on the effect of conducting polymerization in liquid crystalline and organized media. Two excellent reviews of the subject describe the state of the literature of the early 1980s (1, 2). The basic conclusions of the two review articles indicated that, although there was some evidence to support the supposition that polymerization of a liquid crystalline monomer or polymerization of an isotropic monomer in an inert liquid crystalline solvent could result in enhanced polymerization rates, no definitive investigations dealing with the consequences of polymerization of mesomorphic systems had been conducted. This was the case until the classic work by Broer and coworkers (3-6) in the late 1980's. The work of Broer leaves little question that polymerization of liquid crystalline monomers can result in quite different kinetics for chain formation.

Publication Title

ACS Symposium Series

Volume

527

First Page

118

Last Page

130

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