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Functional Materials from Cellulose-Derived Liquid-Crystal Templates

TitleFunctional Materials from Cellulose-Derived Liquid-Crystal Templates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGiese, M, Blusch, LK, Khan, MK, MacLachlan, MJ
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), known for more than 50years, have attracted attention because of their unique properties such as high specific strength and modulus, high surface area, and fascinating optical properties. Just recently, however, their potential in supramolecular templating was identified by making use of their self-assembly behavior in aqueous dispersions in the presence of compatible precursors. The combination of the mesoporosity, photonic properties, and chiral nematic order of the materials, which are available as freestanding films, has led to a significant number of interesting and promising discoveries towards new functional materials. This Review summarizes the use of cellulose derivatives, especially CNCs, as novel templates and gives an overview of the recent developments toward new functional materials.

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