This volume contains an eclectic collection of 22 papers on liquid crystalline polymers presented at the Sixth Polymer Workshop, in the series sponsored by the European Science Foundation, entitled: 'Liquid Crystal Polymer Systems', in Gentofte, Denmark, 12-14 September 1983. Since a contribution to this volume was strictly voluntary, and in some cases represents a considerably expanded version of that which was presented, it is strictly speaking not correct to term this a 'proceedings'. A description of the aims and purposes of the European Science Foundation with respect to the polymer area has been presented in: Shell Polymers, Vol. 5, No.2, pp. 34-35, 1981. The papers given here represent a cross-section of current research interests in liquid crystalline polymers in the areas of theory, synthesis, characterization, structure-property relationships and applications.
At least some of the current interest is motivated by attempts to practically exploit the novel properties of these materials in the developing tech- nologies of high strength fibres and advanced materials for constructional purposes, but also for functional materials in the areas of information retrieval, electronics and opto-electronics applications. The editor wishes to thank all those involved for their courtesy and co-operation.
I: Synthesis, Structure, Properties Relationships.- 1. Synthetic Routes to Liquid Crystalline Polymers.- 2. Chiral Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Polymers.- 3. Solid State Physics of Thermotropic Polyesters: Internal Friction of Mesomorphic Structures.- 4. Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Aromatic Copolyesters Containing Cycloaliphatic Units.- 5. Polymerization of Allyldimethyldodecylammonium Bromide Liquid Crystalline Monomer to Its Liquid Crystalline Polymer.- II: Theory.- 6. Theoretical Basis for Liquid Crystallinity in Polymers.- 7. Nematic Liquid Crystals Formed from Flexible Molecules: a Molecular Field Theory.- 8. Order and Odd-Even Effects in Thermotropic Nematic Polyesters.- III: Characterization.- 9. Structure and Characterization of Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymers.- 10. Observations on the Rheology of Thermotropic Polymer Liquid Crystals.- 11. Rheo-Optical Studies of the Thermotropic Aromatic Copolyesters of Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) and p-Acetoxybenzoic Acid.- 12. Electron Microscopy of Thermotropic Copolyesters.- 13. Nuclear Spin-Label Studies of Liquid Crystal Polymers.- 14. Viscosity and the Thermodynamic Properties of Liquid Crystalline Polymers with Mesogenic Side Groups.- 15. Measurement of Orientational Order in Liquid Crystalline Samples by NMR Spectroscopy.- 16. Phase Behaviour of Dye-Containing Liquid Crystalline Copolymers and Their Mixtures with Low Molecular Weight Liquid Crystals.- 17. Dielectric Relaxation Measurements and X-ray Investigations of Liquid Crystalline Side-Chain Polymers.- 18. Structural Investigations on Liquid Crystalline Side-Chain Polymers.- 19. Macromolecular Order and Conformation in the Solid and Nematic Phases of Semi-Rigid Polymers and Polymer-Monomer Mixtures-NMR Study.- IV: Applications.- 20. Aramids-Bridging the Gap between Ductile and Brittle Reinforcing Fibres.- 21. Towards a Photoconductive Liquid Crystal: Carbazole-Containing Systems.- 22. Electro-Optic Effects in a Smectogenic Polysiloxane Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polymer.
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