What is it about?
DNA can be programmed to self-assemble into any anisotropic nano-structures. We show how to use oxDNA and LAMMPS, two freely available simulation packages, to develop new liquid crystal formers and test their phase behaviour.
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Why is it important?
Our approach allows us to quickly test new types of anisotropic particles that are capable to form new liquid-crystal phases that may be relevant for display and many other optical applications, without having to go through many different molecular or colloidal synthesis that are time-consuming and often too expensive.
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This page is a summary of: Toward new liquid crystal phases of DNA mesogens, APL Materials, June 2023, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0145570.
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