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Keywords:

  • Chiroptical materials;
  • Hydrogen bonding;
  • Liquid crystals, nematic;
  • Liquid crystals, smectic

Abstract

Chiral propeller architectures constructed from achiral molecules via hydrogen bonding self-assembly, in addition to Frank–Pryce spherulitic droplet and fingerprint textures, are reported on p. 3229 by Cheng and co-workers. It is found, for the first time, that neither molecular chirality nor a molecular bend is necessary to form a chiral phase, which is of particular interest for next-generation biological and electro-optical materials science and technology.