COMMISSION ON MACROMOLECULAR NOMENCLATURE*
Definitions of basic terms relating to polymer liquid crystals
and R. F. T. Stepto2
1Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad
de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2Manchester Materials Science
Centre, University of Manchester and UMIST, Manchester, UK
Abstract: The document first gives definitions of basic terms
related to liquid-crystalline and mesomorphic states of matter and then
terms specific to the classification of liquid-crystal polymers. The
terms have been restricted to those most commonly encountered in the
structural description of the latter class of materials.
The terms have been selected from the recently published comprehensive
of basic terms relating to low-molar-mass and polymer liquid crystals"
[Pure and Applied Chemistry 73(5), 845895 (2001)]
and are intended to form a readily usable guide for the reader interested
in the structural description of polymer liquid crystals. The more comprehensive
document should be used for terminology associated with types of mesophases
and the optical and physical characteristics of liquid-crystalline materials.
The advice given by representatives of the International Liquid Crystal
Society for the preparation of this document is gratefully acknowledged.
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