Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 28, Issue 17, pp 4644–4650 | Cite as

Chemical cross-linking of cholesteric liquid-crystalline hydroxypropyl cellulose with dialdehydes

  • S. Suto
  • M. Yoshinaka


Cross-linking of the cholesteric liquid-crystalline order in a hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) aqueous solution was attempted and the swelling and mechanical (static and dynamic) properties of cast films were determined. HPC solid films cast from the liquid-crystalline aqueous solution with dialdehyde (glyoxal or glutaraldehyde) and hydrochloric acid were insoluble in water and retained the right-handed cholesteric liquid-crystalline order. The swelling and static tensile properties exhibited a general behaviour with respect to the concentration of the cross-linking agent and to the heat treatment. However, dynamic and loss moduli exhibited an opposite behaviour to the static tensile modulus. A cross-linking mechanism is proposed for HPC molecules and dialdehydes based on the swelling and mechanical properties of HPC films cast from two dialdehyde systems.


Heat Treatment Hydrochloric Acid Glutaraldehyde Tensile Property General Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Suto
    • 1
  • M. Yoshinaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of EngineeringYamagata UniversityYamagataJapan

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