Liquid Crystals with Complex Superstructures


  • This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the European Union within the framework of the RTN network LCDD under contract: HPRN-CT-2000-00016 and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. We thank A. Gleeson for helping to set up the experiment at Daresbury Synchrotron and CCLRC for granting the beamtime.


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The hexagonal-channeled layer phase (ChLhex; see picture, right) is one of the new liquid-crystalline phases formed by the self-organization of the rigid rodlike alkali-metal carboxylates shown.