Smectic liquid crystal polymers as a template for ultrathin CaCO3 nanolayers

Yifei Xu, H.P.C. Van Kuringen, D.J. Mulder, A.P.H.J. Schenning, N.A.J.M. Sommerdijk

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The poly(aspartic acid) (pAsp) assisted infiltration of a nanoporous smectic liquid crystalline network with CaCO3 yields only ∼1 nm thick crystalline nanolayers. This bioinspired strategy opens the way to new functional materials based on solution-grown quasi 2D crystals of only a few unit cells thick.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13953-13956
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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