Ultrafiltration membranes have been formed consisting of a lyotropic liquid crystal
polymer porous membrane on a porous support.
To create a breathable barrier, Gin and his colleagues turned to a lyotropic liquid crystal
, which has two different ends: one water loving, the other water repelling.
Water/oil emulsions, emulsifier properties, and lyotropic liquid crystals
are covered together.
They begin by describing liquid crystal materials, including thermotropic liquid crystalline materials, lyotropic liquid crystals
, and amphotropic liquid crystals.
Thermotropic liquid crystals are formed by heating solids and lyotropic liquid crystals
are formed by dissolving solids in liquids.
Self-assembled supramolecular architectures; lyotropic liquid crystals.
The topics include the physics of self-assembly of lyotropic liquid crystals, the nanocharacterization of lyotropic liquid crystalline systems, hierarchically organized systems based on liquid crystalline phases, recent developments in lyotropic liquid crystals as drug delivery vehicles, and stimulus-responsive lipid-based self-assembled systems.