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Competition brings out the best: Modelling the frustration between curvature energy and chain stretching energy of lyotropic liquid crystals in bicontinuous cubic phases

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Jin,  Chenyu
Group Active soft matter, Department of Dynamics of Complex Fluids, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Chen, H., & Jin, C. (2017). Competition brings out the best: Modelling the frustration between curvature energy and chain stretching energy of lyotropic liquid crystals in bicontinuous cubic phases. Interface Focus, 7(4): 20160114. doi:10.1098/rsfs.2016.0114.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-9E57-7
Abstract
It is commonly considered that the frustration between the curvature energy and the chain stretching energy plays an important role in the formation of lyotropic liquid crystals in bicontinuous cubic phases. Theoretic and numeric calculations were performed for two extreme cases: parallel surfaces eliminate the variance of the chain length; constant mean curvature surfaces eliminate the variance of the mean curvature. We have implemented a model with Brakke's Surface Evolver which allows a competition between the two variances. The result shows a compromise of the two limiting geometries. With data from real systems, we are able to recover the gyroid-diamond-primitive phase sequence which was observed in experiments.