## Theory of molecular deformations and mesomorphic behaviour of dendrimers

May 9th, 2010

A. F. Terzis, A. G. Vanakaras and D.J. Photinos,Molec.Cryst. Liq. Cryst.,330, 1761-1768 (1999).

**Abstract: **We present a simple statistical theory of anisotropic fluid phases consisting of deformable molecules and we use it to describe the self-organization of liquid crystalline dendrimers in the limit of very densely attached mesogenic units. We perform calculations for model-systems of spherical molecules that can deform into rod-like or disc-like states and we determine their mesomorphic range as a function of molecular shape parameters and intrinsic conformational probability.