a All materials used to prepare the LC base were obtained from Nikko Chemicals, Japan.
bThe TKS1706 SAXS device used was from
Anton Paar in Germany.
c The T.K. Homomixer used for this study is a device from Tokushu Kika Kogyo Co. Ltd., Japan.
d The BX50 polarized light microscope and FX380 CCD digital camera used for this study are devices from Olympus, Japan.
e The JEM1200EX transmittance electron microscopic used in this study is a device from JEOL Co. Ltd., Japan.
f The 220C DSC analysis meter used for this study is a device from Seiko Instruments Inc., Japan.
g The SKICON 200 hydrometer used for this study is a device from I.B.S. Co., Ltd.
h The AS-TW2 water loss meter used for this study is a device from Asahi Biomed, I.B.S. Co., Ltd.
j The TVB-10 viscometer used for this test is a device from Toki Sangyo Co. Ltd.