The nanoscale structures of liquid crystals are rarely more exotic than those of the sponge phases of bent-core molecules, visualized here in an electron microscope image made by Center researchers. The image shows a plant stalk-like network that gives the appearance of a grayscale photo of dense tropical foliage, but here the stalk structures are only 50 nanometers in diameter. Some of nature's structural themes appear on widely different length scales.

Groups: Clark, Walba
(September 2015)

liquid crystal nanoflowers
Freeze-fracture TEM image of liquid crystal nano-flowers.


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