Experimental observation of fractionated crystallization in polydisperse platelike colloids.

We have discovered that the long-term aging of the hexagonal columnar liquid-crystal phase of polydisperse gibbsite platelets leads to fractionated crystallization, that is, to the formation of coexisting columnar crystals with different periods. This process was revealed by microradian X-ray diffraction demonstrating the splitting of the Bragg… (More)