Introduction to liquid crystal polymers

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To understand the nature and significance in our daily lives of liquid crystal polymers, we must first understand where these polymers come from. What is their origin? Liquid crystals, the building blocks of these polymers, are matter that possess properties of both an ordinary liquid and a more familiar solid. Liquid crystals may flow like a liquid but have molecules that may be oriented in a directional or ordered crystalline manner as a solid. Indeed, liquid crystals were once thought to be an unusual state of matter.