Molecular interactions and formation of lyotropic liquid crystals of hydroxyethyl cellulose acetate
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The relationship between the hydrogen bond (H-bond) interactions and the formation of the cholesteric liquid crystalline phase was studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), refractometry and polarizing microscopy. It was quite evident that the H-bonding played an important role in the early stage of the formation of cholesteric liquid crystalline phase in hydroxyethyl cellulose acetate (HECA)/dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solutions and the rigidity of the HECA chains was more important to form liquid crystalline phase than molecular interactions when the concentration is very high.
KeywordsHydrogen Polymer Microscopy Cellulose Fourier
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