Date of Award
Master of Science
Triallyl(3,4,5- tridodecyloxybenzyl)ammonium bromide was used to form lyotropic liquid crystal. Inverted hexagonal phase was the original target. The liquid crystal and the cross-linked material were characterized by XRD (powder x-ray diffraction), PLM (polarized light microscopy), TEM (transmission electron microscopy), and AFM (atomic force microscopy). The characterizations indicated that the surfactant did not form inverse hexagonal phase but smectic phase instead. The cross-linking afforded nanodisc-like structures as a result.
The large size of the triallyl ammonium headgroup was possibly responsible for the phase change.
Shen, Chia-Yu, "Nanodiscs via interfacial cross-linking of smectic liquid-crystalline phase and their application" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12662.