R. Berardi, F. Spinozzi, C. Zannoni, The conformations of Alkyl Chains in Fluids. A Maximum Entropy approach, Chem. Phys. Lett., 260, 633-638 (1996)

We present a maximum entropy internal order (MEIO) method for analyzing chain conformations in liquid crystalline solutions. We show how a prior knowledge on the conformational distribution can be taken into account and apply the method to the determination of the conformation of n--alkanes in liquid crystals without invoking molecular field or other approximate theoretical models.