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Topological Similarity of Sponge-like Bicontinuous Morphologies Differing in Length

Summary: Topological Similarity of Sponge-like
Bicontinuous Morphologies Differing in Length
By Hiroshi Jinnai, Yukihiro Nishikawa, Masako Ito,
Steven D. Smith, David A. Agard, and Richard J. Spontak*
Bicontinuous morphologies form spontaneously in physical
and biological systems,[13]
and are of increasing scientific and
technological interest.[4]
Recent studies of bicontinuous poly-
mer systems have elucidated[5]
the molecular factors responsi-
ble for the stability of such complex morphologies, and have
the utility of these morphologies as templating
media by which to produce nanoporous materials for separa-
tions, microelectronics, and catalysis. While some bicontinu-
ous morphologies exhibit long-range order and can be cate-
gorized according to spatial symmetry, others do not. We refer
to the latter as sponge-like. Investigation of spatially complex


Source: Agard, David - Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco


Collections: Biotechnology; Biology and Medicine