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Liquid crystals ‘made of gold’

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The simple linear coordination of gold(I) helps in the understanding of structure-property relationships in liquid crystals based on metal-containing molecules. This simple geometry also allows the preparation of materials showing a range of mesophases, based on both rod-like and disc-like molecules.


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Pablo Espinet is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Valladolid (Spain). His main research interests are mechanistic aspects of catalytic and fluxional processes (mainly in palladium chemistry), and the making and tuning of metal-containing liquid crystals. It is in that later area that he is stimulated by the potential use of gold for the purposes reported in this review.

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Espinet, P. Liquid crystals ‘made of gold’. Gold Bull 32, 127–134 (1999).

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