2 Phases of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals (image) University of Pennsylvania Share Print E-Mail Caption Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College describe new research into a type of liquid crystal that dissolves in water rather than avoids it as do the oily liquid crystals found in displays. This property means that these liquid crystals hold potential for biomedical applications, where their changing internal patterns could signal the presence of specific proteins or other biological macromolecules. Here, LCLC droplets are shown in columnar (above) and nematic (below) phases. The inset illustrations show the patterns of their internal structures. Credit University of Pennsylvania Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.