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Structure Evolution and Drying Dynamics in Sliding Cholesteric Cellulose Nanocrystals

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posted on 27.03.2018, 00:00 by Guang Chu, Rita Vilensky, Gleb Vasilyev, Patrick Martin, Ruiyan Zhang, Eyal Zussman
The study of colloidal liquid crystals (LCs) reveals fundamental insights into the nature of ordered materials, giving rise to emergent properties with fascinating applications in soft matter nanotechnology. Here we investigate the shape instabilities, layer undulations, dynamic assembly, and collective behaviors in evaporating a cellulose nanocrystal-based cholesteric LC drop. During the drying process, the drop edges are pinned to the substrate with spontaneous convective flow occurring along the drop, which leads to nonequilibrium sliding of the individual cholesteric fragment with active ordering as well as hydrodynamic fluctuations and flow transitions in the bulk cholesteric phase.