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Editor-in-Chief: Peter Gregory, Deputy Editors: Carolina Novo da Silva, Lorna Stimson
Online ISSN: 1521-4095
Associated Title(s): Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Optical Materials, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Inside Front Cover: Homeotropic Alignment of Columnar Liquid Crystals in Open Films by Means of Surface Nanopatterning (Adv. Mater. 6/2007)
Columnar liquid crystals (LCs) are found to spontaneously form homeotropically-aligned films when deposited on surfaces fabricated via friction transfer of polytetrafluoroethylene. The inside cover schematically shows the film structure of a phthalocyanine derivative together with the corresponding X-ray diffraction pattern (inset). The results, reported on p. 815 by Dmitri Ivanov and co-workers, indicate that not only are the columns homeotropically oriented but also that they form a single monodomain of macroscopic size. These findings can have an important impact for fabrication of LC-based organic solar cells.