A Modulated Helical Nanofilament Phase


  • We thank the Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center (NSF MRSEC award no. DMR-0820579) for financial support of this work.


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A new liquid crystal phase, denoted modulated helical nanofilament (HNF(mod)), is formed from a very simple class of biphenyl carboxylates lacking the benzylidene aniline moieties typically found in HNF mesogens. The HNF(mod) phase represents a novel kind of nanoparticle possessing stacked aromatic rings, with potential applications in organic electronics.