The Ordering of Cholesteric Mesophases by Linear Cellulosic Polymers
Studies of the effects of macromolecules on the optical properties of mesophases can delineate those features of the macromolecules which are important for stabilizing or destabilizing mesophases. Measurements of the variations of the cohesive energies of mesophases induced by added macromolecules can quantify the energetics of the intermolecular interactions and thereby direct the choice of additives appropriate to either process. Since the optical measurements are easier to carry out they can be used to screen candidates for thermodynamic evaluations when the latter are required.
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