Synthesis of Banana-Phase Mesogens for Potential Auxetic Materials – Final Report


  1. Jokar, M.
  2. Lebel, O.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN);Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN) Dept of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
This scientometric and market study was commissioned by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) to provide an overview of research directions, technology readiness, legal and operational guidelines, and barriers and impediments to the use of non]lethal weapons. The study will assist DRDC in establishing future research priorities in this domain. To answer a series of eight questions, searches were conducted in multiple bibliographic and patent databases. A total of 1,348 publication records and 1,433 patent families were retrieved and analyzed using text mining software and a variety of analytic and visualization tools. The publications dataset attests to ongoing research interest in biomedical effects of fielded technologies such as conducted energy devices, tear gas, and blunt trauma weapons. Modeling and simulation are also frequently discussed in the publications. Research into to newer and less mature technologies, such as directed energy weapons, is also evident and growing. The patents show relatively greater focus than publications on improvements to older, more mature technologies such as conducted energy devices, marking and launching systems. For both publications and patents, the United States is dominant, leading research and commercialization through its universities, military research laboratories, and large defence contracting companies. A variety of other documentation was reviewed to provide answers to key questions on emerging topics, legal status, a
banana-phase;mesogen;liquid crystal;auxetic;synthesis;polymer
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C028 — Contract Report
Date of publication
29 Jan 2016
Number of Pages
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