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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 19506-19525; doi:10.3390/ijms141019506

Single Molecule Studies on Dynamics in Liquid Crystals

Institute of Physics and nanoMA, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz D-09107, Germany
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Received: 15 August 2013 / Revised: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 26 September 2013
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Abstract

Single molecule (SM) methods are able to resolve structure related dynamics of guest molecules in liquid crystals (LC). Highly diluted small dye molecules on the one hand explore structure formation and LC dynamics, on the other hand they report about a distortion caused by the guest molecules. The anisotropic structure of LC materials is used to retrieve specific conformation related properties of larger guest molecules like conjugated polymers. This in particular sheds light on organization mechanisms within biological cells, where large molecules are found in nematic LC surroundings. This review gives a short overview related to the application of highly sensitive SM detection schemes in LC. View Full-Text
Keywords: structure and dynamics; surfaces and external fields; single molecule; liquid crystal; nematic; smectic; lyotropic; thermotropic; diffusion; polarization; conjugated polymer; biopolymer structure and dynamics; surfaces and external fields; single molecule; liquid crystal; nematic; smectic; lyotropic; thermotropic; diffusion; polarization; conjugated polymer; biopolymer
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Täuber, D.; von Borczyskowski, C. Single Molecule Studies on Dynamics in Liquid Crystals. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 19506-19525.

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