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Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals are materials which exhibit liquid crystalline behaviour. This behaviour appears under given conditions, when phases occur in which the molecular order is intermediate between that of an ordered solid crystal and a disordered liquid or solution; these intermediate phases are called mesophases. These materials combine properties of the solid state (optical and electrical anisotropy) and of the liquid state (mobility and fluidity).
In our group we prepare molecules derived from arylsulfonamides containing long alkyl chains that are able to show mesogenic behaviour. This work is performed in collaboration with Dr. J.L. Serrano and Dr. T. Sierra.