Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Noel A. Clark

Abstract

Molecular self-assembly in the formation of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) offers potential for generating novel materials and biomedical applications, because of their similarity to DNA liquid crystals. In order to better understand the phase behavior of LCLCs, we investigated the mixture of two LCLCs (Sunset Yellow FCF (SSY) and disodium cromoglycate (DSCG)). Properties of interest include orientational and positional order as well as the potential dependence of LC phases on concentration and temperature. These mixtures exhibited nematic and columnar phases.

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