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Fabrication of salt–hydrogel marbles and hollow-shell microcapsules by an aerosol gelation technique (2014)
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Rutkevičius, M., Mehl, G. H., Petkov, J. T., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2015). Fabrication of salt–hydrogel marbles and hollow-shell microcapsules by an aerosol gelation technique. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 3(1), 82-89. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4tb01443j

We designed a new method for preparation of liquid marbles by using hydrophilic particles. Salt–hydrogel marbles were prepared by atomising droplets of hydrogel solution in a cold air column followed by rolling of the collected hydrogel microbeads in... Read More

Flexoelectric behavior of bimesogenic liquid crystals in the nematic phase-observation of a new self-assembly pattern at the twist-bend nematic and the nematic interface (2014)
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Balachandran, R., Panov, V. P., Panarin, Y. P., Vij, J. K., Tamba, M. G., Mehl, G. H., & Song, J. K. (2014). Flexoelectric behavior of bimesogenic liquid crystals in the nematic phase-observation of a new self-assembly pattern at the twist-bend nematic and the nematic interface. Journal of materials chemistry. publ. by The Royal Society of Chemistry. C, Materials for optical and electronic devices /, 2(38), 8179-8184. doi:10.1039/c4tc01043d

Flexoelectric properties - the effective flexoelectric coefficient and flexoelectric polarization - are investigated for a bimesogenic liquid crystal CBC11CB with a twist bend nematic phase (Ntb). Results show that the effective flexoelectric coeffic... Read More

The design and investigation of nanocomposites containing dimeric nematogens and liquid crystal gold nanoparticles with plasmonic properties showing a nematic-nematic phase transition (Nᵤ-Nₓ/Ntb) (2014)
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Tamba, M., Yu, C. H., Tang, B. J., Welch, C., Kohlmeier, A., Schubert, C. P., & Mehl, G. H. (2014). The design and investigation of nanocomposites containing dimeric nematogens and liquid crystal gold nanoparticles with plasmonic properties showing a nematic-nematic phase transition (Nᵤ-Nₓ/Ntb). Materials, 7(5), (3494-3511). doi:10.3390/ma7053494. ISSN 1996-1944

The construction of liquid crystal compositions consisting of the dimeric liquid crystal, CB_C9_CB (cyanobiphenyl dimer = 1",9"-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4'-yl)nonane), and the range of nematic systems is explored. The materials include a laterally functio... Read More

Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation (2013)
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Borshch, V., Kim, Y. -., Xiang, J., Gao, M., Jákli, A., Panov, V. P., …Lavrentovich, O. D. (2013). Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation. Nature communications, 4, https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3635

A state of matter in which molecules show a long-range orientational order and no positional order is called a nematic liquid crystal. The best known and most widely used (for example, in modern displays) is the uniaxial nematic, with the rod-like mo... Read More

Surface alignment, anchoring transitions, optical properties, and topological defects in the thermotropic nematic phase of organo-siloxane tetrapodes (2013)
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Kim, Y., Senyuk, B., Shin, S., Kohlmeier, A., Mehl, G. H., & Lavrentovich, O. D. (2014). Surface alignment, anchoring transitions, optical properties, and topological defects in the thermotropic nematic phase of organo-siloxane tetrapodes. Molecular crystals and liquid crystals, 540(1), 20-41. https://doi.org/10.1039/C3SM52249K

We address the status of oxadiazole mesogens, C7 and C12, reported to show the biaxial nematic phase, by exploring material aspects (chemical stability, surface anchoring, optical and dielectric properties, topological defects) linked to the type of... Read More

Sound absorption properties of porous composites fabricated by a hydrogel templating technique (2013)
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Rutkevicius, M., Mehl, G. H., Paunov, V. N., Qin, Q., Rubini, P. A., Stoyanov, S. D., & Petkov, J. (2013). Sound absorption properties of porous composites fabricated by a hydrogel templating technique. Journal of Materials Research, 28(17), 2409-2414. https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2013.194

We have used a hydrogel templating technique followed by the subsequent evaporation of water present to fabricate porous cement and porous PDMS composites, and we have analyzed their sound absorption properties. All experiments were carried out with... Read More

Design, synthesis, and characterization of mesogenic amine-capped nematic gold nanoparticles with surface-enhanced plasmonic resonances (2012)
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Yu, C. H., Schubert, C. P. J., Welch, C., Tang, B. J., Tamba, M. G., & Mehl, G. H. (2012). Design, synthesis, and characterization of mesogenic amine-capped nematic gold nanoparticles with surface-enhanced plasmonic resonances. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134(11), (5076-5079). doi:10.1021/ja300492d. ISSN 0002-7863

The use of the liquid-crystalline state to control the assembly of large (>5 nm) gold nanoparticles (NPs) is of considerable interest because of the promise of novel metamaterial properties of such systems. Here we report on a new approach for the pr... Read More

Electrochemistry of organometallic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (2012)
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Halls, J. E., Bourne, R. W., Wright, K. J., Partington, L. I., Tamba, M. G., Zhou, Y., …Wadhawan, J. D. (2012). Electrochemistry of organometallic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals. Electrochemistry communications, 19(1), 50-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2012.02.032

Two aqueous lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals made from nickel(II) or copper(II) phthalocyananine tetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt are prepared with characterisation through optical polarising microscopy, X-ray diffraction and conductivity. Thes... Read More

Fabrication of novel lightweight composites by a hydrogel templating technique (2012)
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Rutkevicius, M., Munusami, S. K., Watson, Z., Field, A. D., Salt, M., Stoyanov, S. D., …Paunov, V. N. (2012). Fabrication of novel lightweight composites by a hydrogel templating technique. Materials research bulletin, 47(4), 980-986. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2012.01.014

A non-conventional way of preparation of lightweight porous materials by templating hydrogels with a range of hydrophilic and hydrophobic scaffolding materials was explored. Sub-millimetre hydrogel slurries of polyacrylamide and gellan gum were templ... Read More

Addressing fluorescence and liquid crystal behaviour in multi-mesogenic BODIPY materials (2011)
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Benstead, M., Rosser, G. A., Beeby, A., Mehl, G. H., & Boyle, R. W. (2011). Addressing fluorescence and liquid crystal behaviour in multi-mesogenic BODIPY materials. New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, 35(7), 1410-1417. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0nj00990c

Two series of BODIPYs (4,4'-difluoro-3a, 4a-diaza-s-indacene) bearing mesogenic substituents have been synthesised and their fluorescent and self-assembly behaviour has been observed and characterised. In order to induce a strong preference for liqui... Read More

Mesogenic BODIPYs: An investigation of the correlation between liquid crystalline behaviour and fluorescence intensity (2011)
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Benstead, M., Beeby, A., Rosser, G. A., Mehl, G. H., & Boyle, R. W. (2011). Mesogenic BODIPYs: An investigation of the correlation between liquid crystalline behaviour and fluorescence intensity. Photochemical & photobiological sciences : an international journal, 10(6), 992-999. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0pp00388c

A series of mesogenic molecules based on the 4,4¢-di?uoro-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) ?uorophore have been synthesised and characterised. Each compound consists of one mesogenic unit, based on a cyanobiphenyl core, and one ?uorophore, of var... Read More

Spontaneous periodic deformations in nonchiral planar-aligned bimesogens with a nematic-nematic transition and a negative elastic constant (2010)
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Panov, V. P., Nagaraj, M., Vij, J. K., Panarin, Y. P., Kohlmeier, A., Tamba, M. G., …Mehl, G. H. (2010). Spontaneous periodic deformations in nonchiral planar-aligned bimesogens with a nematic-nematic transition and a negative elastic constant. Physical review letters, 105(16), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.167801

Hydrocarbon linked mesogenic dimers are found to exhibit an additional nematic phase below the conventional uniaxial nematic phase as confirmed by x-ray diffraction. The phase produces unusual periodic stripe domains in planar cells. The stripes are... Read More

Bridging the visible: the modulation of the absorption by more than 450 nm (2010)
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Delbaere, S., Vermeersch, G., Frigoli, M., & Mehl, G. H. (2010). Bridging the visible: the modulation of the absorption by more than 450 nm. Organic Letters, 12(18), (4090-4093). doi:10.1021/ol101672v. ISSN 1523-7060

The coexistence of 18 isomers, identified by NMR spectroscopy and gathered into six states with very different absorption properties, is observed upon irradiation with selective wavelengths of a triphotochromic system joining two naphthopyran entitie... Read More

3D ordered gold strings by coating nanoparticles with mesogens (2009)
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Zeng, X., Liu, F., Fowler, A. G., Ungar, G., Cseh, L., Mehl, G. H., & Macdonald, J. E. (2009). 3D ordered gold strings by coating nanoparticles with mesogens. Advanced materials, 21(17), 1746-1750. doi:10.1002/adma.200803403

Gold nanoparticles covered with a nematic liquid-crystal ligand laterally attached via a thioalkyl spacer and a thioalkane "diluent" exhibit 3D ordering in strings jacketed by the mesogens with controllable interparticle spacing. The particles form r... Read More

A "Kite" Shaped Styryl End-Capped Benzo[2,1-b:3,4-b ']dithiophene with High Electrical Performances in Organic Thin Film Transistors (2008)
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Didane, Y., Mehl, G. H., Kumagai, A., Yoshimoto, N., Videlot-Ackermann, C., & Brisset, H. (2008). A "Kite" Shaped Styryl End-Capped Benzo[2,1-b:3,4-b ']dithiophene with High Electrical Performances in Organic Thin Film Transistors. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(52), (17681-17683). doi:10.1021/ja807504k. ISSN 0002-7863

The bridging of distyryl-bithiophene leads to a kite shape of the conjugated system. This twist is not like twistacenes or twist deformation in α-oligothiophenes but a curvature such as in bowl shaped systems. Initially perceived to be undesirable, t... Read More

Anion-dependent micelle formation using electro-generated ferrocene surfactants (2008)
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Evans, L. A., Apreutesei, D., Mehl, G., & Wadhawan, J. (2008). Anion-dependent micelle formation using electro-generated ferrocene surfactants. Electrochemistry communications, 10(11), (1720-1723). doi:10.1016/j.elecom.2008.08.046. ISSN 1388-2481

The syntheses and characterization of two ferrocene oils, 4-octyloxy-2-{5-[1,1,3,3-tetramethyl-3-(11-oxo-11-ferrocenyl-undecyl)-disiloxanyl]-pentyloxy}-benzoic acid 4'-undecyloxy-biphenyl-4-yl ester, Fc1SiM and an octakis(ferrocene) species, Fc8Si8M'... Read More

Mesogenic dipyrrins - building blocks for the fabrication of fluorescent and metal-containing materials (2008)
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Wilson, C. J., James, L., Mehl, G. H., & Boyle, R. W. (2008). Mesogenic dipyrrins - building blocks for the fabrication of fluorescent and metal-containing materials. Chemical communications : Chem comm / the Royal Society of Chemistry, 4582-4584. https://doi.org/10.1039/b806672h

A new class of mesogenic dipyrrins is reported and their use in the fabrication of fluorescent and metal-containing self assembling materials is demonstrated.