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Templating Crystal Growth at the Nanometer-Scale with a Monotropic Columnar Mesophase


  • This work was financially supported by the Communauté Française de Belgique (ARC No 00/05-257). The synchrotron radiation work was supported by the European Union through the HCMP Access to Large Installation Project, Contract HPRI-CT-1999-00017 to the EMBL-Hamburg. We are grateful to F. Meneau (BM26, ESRF) for assistance in the X-ray measurements and to Ph. Larbanois (Mettler Toledo S.A. Belgium) for the help in MT-DSC experiments. B. Goderis is a postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (Belgium) (F.W.O.-Vlaanderen). The authors thank F.W.O. Vlaanderen and Prof. H. Reynaers for their continuous support of the DUBBLE project.


Crystallization from a monotropic columnar mesophase is shown to proceed via one-dimensional growth, in which the growing crystalline phase follows the columnar tracks of the “parent” mesophase (see Figure). Such control over the crystal structure by the mesophase template could pave the way to tailoring crystalline morphologies at the scale of an individual columnar diameter (3–5 nm).

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