Reports: ND755752-ND7: Nanoporous Membranes by Network Polymerization of Discotic Liquid Crystalline Monomers
Benjamin T. King, University of Nevada, Reno
The efforts were, however, not successful in allowing us to obtain the desired columnar packings for the liquid crystalline phases. Our inability to reproduce the originally observed columnar phase is an example of Ostwald’s rule, which states that the least stable phases are formed first.
In the next stage of the project, we hope to reduce the size and branching of the peripheral functionality with the hope that the tendency for the discotic cores to pack will afford the desired columnar packing.