About the book
The currently physicochemical requirements for devices with reduced cost mass production, low power consumption, long-term chemical and photochemical stability represent a driving force for the developing of new materials that meet these high standard performances. The necessity for particular physical properties led to an extensive diversification of the chemical structures and of the synthesis procedures as well. In this line, the unique electro-optical properties of nematic liquid crystals proved to fulfill once again the demand for dynamic optoelectronic and photonic applications, where fast switching times or low threshold voltages provided by biaxial nematic phases are intrinsic parameters. Additionally, the using of conventional nematic liquid crystals as host fluids for nanoparticle lead to materials where the two components potentiating and stabilize each other and open new opportunities for the advancement of these fields. This book intends to provide a comprehensive overview of the present state of the art of both the uniaxial and the biaxial nematics and focuses on the understanding of these remarkable systems that continue to evolve.