Deciphering helix assembly in the heliconical nematic phase via tender resonant X-ray scattering
Cao, Yu; Feng, Jun; Nallapaneni, Asritha; Arakawa, Yuki; Zhao, Keqing; Zhang, Huijun; Mehl, Georg H.; Zhu, Chenhui; Liu, Feng
Professor Georg Mehl G.H.Mehl@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Organic and Materials Chemistry
Being a link between a uniaxial nematic and a chiral nematic, the twist bend nematic (NTB) has been an intriguing topic for research over the last decade as a key to understanding chirality generation. Accurate description and understanding of resonance effects in helical structures provide crucial knowledge on the phase behavior beyond positional ordering. We examined the manifestation of resonance effects in NTBviatender resonant X-ray scattering (TReXS) at the sulfur K-edge. For the first time we demonstrate quantitatively that the energy dependence of the scattering peak in the NTBphase follows the energy dependence of the complex refractive indices measured by X-ray absorption. Taking advantage of molecular energy calculation, we decipher the distinct helical pitch variation trend for symmetric/asymmetric dimers from the perspective of hybridization and reveal the strong effect of substituting oxygen for sulfur atoms on the helical pitch and the thermal helix extension.
Cao, Y., Feng, J., Nallapaneni, A., Arakawa, Y., Zhao, K., Zhang, H., …Liu, F. (2021). Deciphering helix assembly in the heliconical nematic phase via tender resonant X-ray scattering. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 9(31), 10020-10028. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1tc02027g
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jun 30, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jul 1, 2021|
|Publication Date||Aug 21, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Jul 28, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Jul 2, 2022|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Chemistry C|
|Publisher||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Materials Chemistry; General Chemistry|
|Additional Information||: This document is Similarity Check deposited; : Supplementary Information; : Yu Cao (ORCID); : Yuki Arakawa (ORCID); : Keqing Zhao (ORCID); : Georg H. Mehl (ORCID); : Chenhui Zhu (ORCID); : Feng Liu (ORCID); : Feng Liu (ResearcherID); : Single-blind; : Received 2 May 2021; Accepted 30 June 2021; Accepted Manuscript published 1 July 2021; Advance Article published 21 July 2021|
This file is under embargo until Jul 2, 2022 due to copyright reasons.
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