Gelation of Room-Temperature Liquid Crystals by the Association of a trans-1,2-Bis(amino)cyclohexane Derivative, Adv. Mater., 10, 606 (1998).
We prepared liquid-crystalline (LC) physical gels by the fibrous aggregation of hydrogen-bonded molecules in liquid crystals. The cover picture shows the hierarchical phase-segregated structure of the LC physical gels. The LC components in the gels are shown to be responsive to external electric fields. The LC gels have great potentials as functional soft materials.