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Emergence of tilt in square honeycomb liquid crystals

Abstract

First liquid crystalline phases with tilted organization of rod-like aromatics in a square honeycomb structure were discovered. The developing tilt is temperature, chain length and chain volume dependent, and has a dramatic effect on the optical properties, occasionally leading to an inversion of birefringence. The observed effects of chain branching on tilt contributes to a general understanding of lateral chain engineering in tailoring the self-assembly of π-conjugated molecular rods.

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2017, accepted on 17 Jun 2017 and first published on 19 Jun 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00776K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Emergence of tilt in square honeycomb liquid crystals

    M. Poppe, C. Chen, F. Liu, M. Prehm, S. Poppe and C. Tschierske, Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00776K

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