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Formation of aqueous molecular nematic liquid crystal phase in poly(p-sulfophenylene sulfoterephthalamide).

Research paper by S S Viale, A S AS Best, E E Mendes, S J SJ Picken

Indexed on: 17 Mar '05Published on: 17 Mar '05Published in: Chemical Communications



Abstract

We report strong experimental evidence on the formation of a molecular lyotropic phase in water of a modified polyaramide, namely a fully sulfonated poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (Sulfo2PPTA) that exhibits similar liquid crystalline behaviour in water to its non-sulfonated counterpart (PPTA, commercially known as Kevlar or Twaron) in sulfuric acid.