Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 22, 2009
Previous Article Next Article

Nematic braids: 2D entangled nematic liquid crystal colloids

Author affiliations

Abstract

Assembly of several entangled clusters and 2D colloidal crystals is demonstrated in nematic solvents using numerical modeling based on Landau–de Gennes free energy. Micron-sized particles that build novel topological objects are bound by delocalized disclination loops of various conformations. The metastable defect conformations are accessed via numerical temperature quenching from the isotropic to nematic phase. Equilibration of entangled structures with respect to liquid crystalline and particles' degrees of freedom is demonstrated. Finally, possible experimental approaches towards periodic entangled colloidal crystals are briefly addressed.

Graphical abstract: Nematic braids: 2D entangled nematic liquid crystal colloids

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 01 Jul 2009, accepted on 25 Aug 2009 and first published on 17 Sep 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B913065A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 4520-4525

  •   Request permissions

    Nematic braids: 2D entangled nematic liquid crystal colloids

    M. Ravnik and S. Žumer, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 4520
    DOI: 10.1039/B913065A

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements