Cholesteric colloidal liquid crystals from phytosterol rod-like particles

Laura Rossi, Stefano Sacanna, Krassimir P. Velikov

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We report the first observation of chiral colloidal liquid crystals of rod-like particles from a low molecular weight organic compound - phytosterols. Based on the particles shape and crystal structure, we attribute this phenomenon to chiral distribution of surface charge on the surface of neighbouring rods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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