Liquid crystals

IB Chemistry: Liquid crystals

The Nature of Science section for this sub-topic uses Reinitzer’s discovery of liquid crystals as an example of serendipity. In 1888 Reinitzer synthesised a new compound - cholesteryl benzoate.cholesteryl benzoate (Image from Wikimedia commons)In order to show that it was pure he needed to determine the melting point and was surprised to find that it appeared to have two different melting points. At 145.5 oC the white...

To access the entire contents of this site, you need to log in or subscribe to it.

You can also request a Free trial or check the blog (which is also free)

All materials on this website are for the exclusive use of teachers and students at subscribing schools for the period of their subscription. Any unauthorised copying or posting of materials on other websites is an infringement of our copyright and could result in your account being blocked and legal action being taken against you.