By Mathew L. Lynch, Patrick T. Spicer
With the advance of various analytical chemistry options, the invention of wealthy and diverse homes bearing on bicontinuous liquid crystal buildings has yielded necessary functions in medication, purchaser items, fabrics technological know-how, and biotechnology. offering contributions from 24 specialists world wide, Bicontinuous Liquid Crystals offers a accomplished evaluate of those buildings with a pragmatic method of utilising them in production and laboratory procedures. This ebook considers the cubic, mesh, ribbon, and sponge equilibrium levels of bicontinuous buildings. It starts with a old standpoint and a theoretical platform for research, by means of a close dialogue of actual chemistry, homes, and structural features of the several stages. The textual content interrelates the main necessary analytical equipment for the characterization of the habit and balance of liquid crystalline stages in keeping with constitution, geometry, composition-dependent alterations, temperature, dispersion, and different components. those innovations comprise differential geometry, thermodynamics, neighborhood and worldwide packing, and the examine of conformational entropy. The publication additionally highlights instruments for mathematically visualizing bicontinuous platforms. this gives an outstanding starting place for the authors' exam of the most recent experiences and purposes, corresponding to managed free up, fabrics improvement, fabrication, processing, polymerization, protein crystallization, membrane fusion, and remedy of human dermis. Bicontinuous Liquid Crystals represents present tendencies and cutting edge rules within the learn of bicontinuous liquid crystals. Divided into 3 sections, it presents a whole assessment of theoretical and modeling points, actual chemistry and characterization, and purposes during this lively box of analysis.