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Re: What are liquid cristalline polymers?

Area: Chemistry
Posted By: Dr. Ofer Markman, Post Doc, Physiology, Hebrew U. School of medicine
Date: Wed Oct 22 07:40:12 1997
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 875009326.Ch

The answer should start with "What are crystals?":
Crystals are molecules ordered in a repetitive manner and on a lond range in all three dimentions. A good resource on crystals is Crystallography World Wide

Liquid crystals are molecules that are ordered in a two dimenssional but not in a perfect array, such would be membranes that would be cooled and other material of the type. All are connected by the fact that crystal, liquid crystal, and "cryst..." materials diffract X-ray and light. Liquid crystal polymers are best described in the plastic encyclopedia under Plastic Materials. I am sure you'll be able to find the proper uses for it there.

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