Chiral, Magnetic, and Photosensitive Liquid Crystalline Nanocomposites

We explored magnetic and structural properties of multifunctional chiral nanocomposites based on magnetic nanoparticles and achiral liquid crystals. Our magnetoresponsive nanoparticles provided a stable nanocomposite when dispersed in achiral liquid crystals, giving rise to chiral supramolecular structures that can respond to UV-light illumination, as invented by prof. Kohout and his team. The surface modification of the nanomagnets by the achiral liquid crystals introduces significant enancement of their magnetic response.

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