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Materials chemistry

Thin films with a hidden twist

Many naturally occurring substances have a 'handedness' that enables them to interact highly specifically with matter or light. The helical features responsible for this can now be replicated in solid, porous films. See Letter p.422

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Figure 1: Capturing the chiral structure of liquid crystals in a solid film.


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