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Liquid Crystal Sensors

1st Edition

Edited by Albert Schenning, Gregory P. Crawford, Dirk J. Broer

CRC Press

164 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 93 B/W Illus.

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Liquid Crystal Sensors discusses novel applications of liquid crystals that lie beyond electrically driven optical switches and displays. The main focus is on recent progress in the area of sensors based on low molar mass and polymer liquid crystals. This area of research became "hot" in recent years since the possibilities for applications of liquid crystal sensors are growing in many areas, ranging from the detection of mechanical displacements to the detection of environmental pollutants and chemical agents.

This bookiswell-suited for students, as well as scientists from different backgrounds. For students and researchers new to the field, it gives a thorough introduction. For experienced researchers it shows the latest breakthroughs and serves as an inspiration for solving problems or sparking new ideas.


The book is well written and illustrated, even if colour figures are restricted to a section in the centre of the volume. The chapters are to a very large extend extensively referenced, so that the reader will find it easy to accumulate more detailed information if desired, although one may get the impression on occasion that very recent publications on some of the topics possibly have been omitted. In any case, this is a worthwhile volume of the Liquid Crystals Book Series by CRC Press, which provides an interesting overview about different aspects and possibilities of sensing with liquid crystal based devices.

- Ingo Dierking Liquid Crystals Today

Table of Contents

Introduction. Structural variety of liquid crystals and similarities of their optical properties. Principles for building liquid crystalline sensors. Low molar mass thermotropic liquid crystals as mechanical and environmental sensors. Lyotropic liquid crystals as biological sensors. Polymer based chemical sensors. Sensor prototypes and future developments. References.

About the Editors

Albert Schenning is a professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research focuses on functional organic materials.

Gregory P. Crawford is the 22nd president of Miami University. His work includes more than 400 research and education publications, review articles, and book chapters, and 21 U.S. patents and patent applications.

Dirk J. Broer is a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests include polymer chemistry, polymer technology, liquid crystal technology, functional organic materials and devices, and computer science.

About the Series

Liquid Crystals Book Series

The Liquid Crystals Book Series publishes authoritative accounts of all aspects of the field, ranging from the basic fundamentals to the forefront of research, from the physics of liquid crystals to their chemical and biological properties, and from their self-assembling structures to their applications in devices. The series provides readers new to liquid crystals with a firm grounding in the subject, while offering experienced scientists and liquid crystallographers an indispensable resource to enhance their own research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics