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Experiment with Liquid Crystals

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Liquid crystals are an example of self-assembled molecules that are sensitive to external factors, such as temperature, and that change their assembly as a consequence of variations in these factors. In this experiment you will see how some liquid crystals change colour as their temperature is changed! You will find the information you need to carry out the experiment in the documents below. You can also watch the information video available below.


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Credit: The experiment shown in this video has been adapted from adapted from the activity “Preparation of Cholesteryl Ester Liquid Crystals” available at http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/nanolab/LC_prep/index.htm” and from the “Exploring materials: Crystal Liquids” activity developed by the NISE network (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0). The activity was developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #ESI-0532536.

Music: Aakes by Urtzi Azkue, Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0


Please note that the experiments described in the following training kit use chemicals which need to be used according to MSDS specifications and specific school safety rules. Personal protection must be taken as indicated. As with all chemicals, use precautions. Solids should not be inhaled and contact with skin, eyes, or clothing should be avoided. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Dispose as indicated. All experiments must be conducted in the presence of an educator trained for science teaching. All experiments will be carried out at your own risk. Aarhus University (iNANO) and the entire NANOYOU consortium assume no liability for damage or consequential losses sustained as a result of the carrying out of the experiments described.

Experiment with Liquid Crystals by NANOYOU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. However, this does not apply to some images used in this kit which are protected by copyright. Click here to view a list of these images. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available contacting ARTTIC.

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