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Liquid-Crystalline Kagome


  • This work, as part of the European Science Foundation EUROCORES Programme SONS project SCALES, was supported by the DFG, the EPSRC, the EC Sixth Framework Programme (contract No. ERAS-CT-2003-989409), and by the Government of Sachsen-Anhalt in the framework of the Cluster of Excellence “Nanostructured Materials”. We thank the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility for beamtime on beamline ID02.


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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).

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