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Keywords:

  • bent-core liquid crystals;
  • ferroelectric liquid crystals;
  • helical nanofilament phase
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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.