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Title: Sculpted grain boundaries in soft crystals

Abstract

Engineering the grain boundaries of crystalline materials represents an enduring challenge, particularly in the case of soft materials. Grain boundaries, however, can provide preferential sites for chemical reactions, adsorption processes, nucleation of phase transitions, and mechanical transformations. In this work, “soft heteroepitaxy” is used to exert precise control over the lattice orientation of three-dimensional liquid crystalline soft crystals, thereby granting the ability to sculpt the grain boundaries between them. Since these soft crystals are liquid-like in nature, the heteroepitaxy approach introduced here provides a clear strategy to accurately mold liquid-liquid interfaces in structured liquids with a hitherto unavailable level of precision.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [6]
  1. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Univ. of North Texas, Denton, TX (United States)
  2. Univ. Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (México)
  3. Univ. Autonóma Metropolitana, Ciudad de México (México)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  5. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)
  6. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Materials Sciences & Engineering Division
OSTI Identifier:
1607629
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Science Advances
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 2375-2548
Publisher:
AAAS
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Li, Xiao, Martínez-González, José A., Guzmán, Orlando, Ma, Xuedan, Park, Kangho, Zhou, Chun, Kambe, Yu, Jin, Hyeong Min, Dolan, James A., Nealey, Paul F., and de Pablo, Juan J. Sculpted grain boundaries in soft crystals. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax9112.
Li, Xiao, Martínez-González, José A., Guzmán, Orlando, Ma, Xuedan, Park, Kangho, Zhou, Chun, Kambe, Yu, Jin, Hyeong Min, Dolan, James A., Nealey, Paul F., & de Pablo, Juan J. Sculpted grain boundaries in soft crystals. United States. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax9112
Li, Xiao, Martínez-González, José A., Guzmán, Orlando, Ma, Xuedan, Park, Kangho, Zhou, Chun, Kambe, Yu, Jin, Hyeong Min, Dolan, James A., Nealey, Paul F., and de Pablo, Juan J. Fri . "Sculpted grain boundaries in soft crystals". United States. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax9112. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1607629.
@article{osti_1607629,
title = {Sculpted grain boundaries in soft crystals},
author = {Li, Xiao and Martínez-González, José A. and Guzmán, Orlando and Ma, Xuedan and Park, Kangho and Zhou, Chun and Kambe, Yu and Jin, Hyeong Min and Dolan, James A. and Nealey, Paul F. and de Pablo, Juan J.},
abstractNote = {Engineering the grain boundaries of crystalline materials represents an enduring challenge, particularly in the case of soft materials. Grain boundaries, however, can provide preferential sites for chemical reactions, adsorption processes, nucleation of phase transitions, and mechanical transformations. In this work, “soft heteroepitaxy” is used to exert precise control over the lattice orientation of three-dimensional liquid crystalline soft crystals, thereby granting the ability to sculpt the grain boundaries between them. Since these soft crystals are liquid-like in nature, the heteroepitaxy approach introduced here provides a clear strategy to accurately mold liquid-liquid interfaces in structured liquids with a hitherto unavailable level of precision.},
doi = {10.1126/sciadv.aax9112},
journal = {Science Advances},
number = 11,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {11}
}

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