Chiral Isotropic Sponge Phase of Hexatic Smectic Layers of Achiral Molecules (pages 1502–1507)
Dr. Dong Chen, Dr. Yongqiang Shen, Jose Aguero, Dr. Eva Korblova, Prof. David M. Walba, Dr. Nadia Kapernaum, Prof. Frank Giesselmann, Prof. Junji Watanabe, Prof. Joseph E. Maclennan, Prof. Matthew A. Glaser and Prof. Noel A. Clark
Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201300912
Phased out: A low-temperature dark conglomerate phase is reported in the bent-core liquid crystal W624. In the neat material, the disordered focal conics strongly resemble a disordered sponge phase (left). In mixtures with a calamitic liquid crystal, the intralayer molecular order of this phase is enhanced, leading to a more ordered, bicontinuous structure (middle), similar to the cubic phase observed in lyotropic systems (right).