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Press Release 12-085
Liquid Crystal Design

Engineers develop technique to craft new materials using liquid crystals as structural guides

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Illustration showing computational models of droplets with liquid crystals, water and surfactants.

In this creative illustration, each small disc depicts actual data from computational models of nanometer-scale droplets containing liquid crystals, water and surfactants (molecules that lower the surface tensions of liquids). The different patterns show how the surfactants self-organize as they interact with liquid crystals on each droplet's surface.

Credit: Juan de Pablo, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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