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Threading the Spindle: A Geometric Study of Chiral Liquid Crystal Polymer Microparticles.

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Summary of "Threading the Spindle: A Geometric Study of Chiral Liquid Crystal Polymer Microparticles."

Polymeric particles are strong candidates for designing artificial materials capable of emulating the complex twisting-based functionality observed in biological systems. In this Letter, we provide the first detailed investigation of the swelling behavior of bipolar polymer liquid crystalline microparticles. Deswelling from the spherical bipolar configuration causes the microparticles to contract anisotropically and twist in the process, resulting in a twisted spindle-shaped structure. We propose a model to describe the observed spiral patterns and twisting behavior.

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Name: Physical review letters
ISSN: 1079-7114
Pages: 157801

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