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Keywords:

  • kagome structures;
  • liquid crystals;
  • nanostructures;
  • self-assembly;
  • soft matter
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No place like kagome: A quaternary amphiphile displays a novel complex liquid-crystalline phase formed by a periodic array combining triangular and hexagonal cylinders, filled with hydrocarbon and fluorinated chains, respectively. This leads to a fluid nanoscale multicompartment structure with kagome geometry. The thickness of the intercompartment walls is equal to the width of the π-conjugated rods (shown as black lines).