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Penn researchers grow liquid crystal 'flowers' that can be used as lenses


December 18, 2013

Liquid crystal flower A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists at the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures. Their earlier studies produced patterns of "defects," useful disruptions in the repeating patterns found in liquid crystals and in nanoscale grids and rings. The new study adds a more complex pattern out of an even simpler template: a 3-D array shaped like a flower. Full Story

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