Metallotropic liquid crystals formed by surfactant templating of molten metal halides

@article{Martin2006MetallotropicLC,
  title={Metallotropic liquid crystals formed by surfactant templating of molten metal halides},
  author={James D. Martin and Cristin L. Keary and Todd A. Thornton and Mark P Novotnak and Jeremey W Knutson and Jacob C. W. Folmer},
  journal={Nature Materials},
  year={2006},
  volume={5},
  pages={271-275}
}
Liquid crystals consist of anisotropic molecular units, and most are organic molecules. Materials incorporating metals into anisotropic molecules, described as metallomesogens, have been prepared1. Anisotropic structures such as one-dimensional chains and two-dimensional layers are frequently observed in solid-state inorganic materials, however, little is understood about structural organization in melts of such materials. Achieving liquid-crystalline behaviour in inorganic fluids should be… 
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