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The Aggregation and Liquid Crystal Properties of Bordeaux Dye

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dc.contributor.advisor Collings, Peter J., 1947- Tomasik, Michelle 2013-03-19T18:23:33Z 2013-03-19T18:23:33Z 2007
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the liquid crystal and aggregation properties of Bordeaux Dye along with a more general theory of aggregation. Common properties of chromonic liquid crystal systems have been expounded upon and re-evaluated. X-ray data were used to find the aggregate's cross-sectional area, which was compared to that of a single molecule to show that the structure of the aggregates is more complicated than a single-molecule stack. Theoretical aggregate size calculations show that it is important to account for the rotational partition function term, and these aggregate size distributions, along with a simple function found by exploring exciton theory, allow us to analyze the absorption coefficient verses concentration data to find the stacking free energy. A phase diagram for this molecule has also been produced and is compared to those of other chromonic systems. en
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Physics & Astronomy en
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dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title The Aggregation and Liquid Crystal Properties of Bordeaux Dye en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)

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