Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Are there analogies between nematic organic liquids and stacking of di-concave discs representing assemblies of red blood cells?

Matthai, Clarence and March, N.H. 2013. Are there analogies between nematic organic liquids and stacking of di-concave discs representing assemblies of red blood cells? Physics and Chemistry of Liquids 51 (6) , pp. 746-748. 10.1080/00319104.2013.816959

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

A so-called discotic phase of liquids of certain organic molecules was established experimentally some three decades ago. Following quite recent work in which a single red blood cell (RBC) has been isolated in a microdroplet, the question has been raised in this Journal as to whether an assembly of such cells, each having the shape of a di-concave disc, can form an amorphous aggregate. Here, we propose that a disordered discotic phase can exist, in which a RBC is in interaction with its neighbouring cells. We also note that if, as has been proposed earlier, the shape of a di-concave disc is mathematically simplified to that of a finite length cylinder, then it turns out that Onsager, six decades ago, had anticipated such a disordered nematic phase of rods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: organic liquids, discotic phases, single RBC, amorphous aggregate
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0031-9104
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 15:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101325

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item