Topological Defects in Liquid Crystals as Templates for Molecular Self-Assembly

@article{Wang2016TopologicalDI,
  title={Topological Defects in Liquid Crystals as Templates for Molecular Self-Assembly},
  author={Xiaoguang Wang and Daniel S. Miller and Emre Bukusoglu and Juan J. de Pablo and Nicholas L. Abbott},
  journal={Nature materials},
  year={2016},
  volume={15},
  pages={106 - 112}
}
Topological defects in liquid crystals (LCs) have been widely used to organize colloidal dispersions and template polymerization, leading to a range of assemblies, elastomers and gels. However, little is understood about molecular-level assembly processes within defects. Here, we report that nanoscopic environments defined by LC topological defects can selectively trigger processes of molecular self-assembly. By using fluorescence microscopy, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy and super… 
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