Molecular scale transporter with a twist, powered by liquid crystal defects

New experiments, supported by a theoretical model, show how defects forming loops around twisted plastic fibres dipped in liquid crystal could be used for the transport of biochemical substances, when controlled by electric and magnetic fields. Published in EPJ E, these findings – achieved by Mallory Dazza from the Ecole normale supérieure Cachan, France, and colleagues – have potential applications in electro-optical micromechanical and microfluidic systems. …read more

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