Chiral Molecules, Structures and Materials
Click Here for a History of Chirality
Two objects which are mirror images of each other are enantiomers. One member of the
pair can be distorted continuously into the other. Though one might think that the
molecule must go through an achiral point, this is not true. Click here to see an animation which
illustrates this concept (requires Internet Explorer 5).
Chiral molecules lead to macroscopically chiral phases of matter. How can we predict
these micron-scale effects from Angstrom-scale physics?
Molecular Chirality and Chiral Parameters
On the Microscopic Origin of Cholesteric Pitch
Chiral Interactions and Structures
Elasticity Theory of a Twisted Stack of Plates
How do you pack a lifetime's worth of genetic information fit into a micron-sized suitcase (your cell)?
Liquid crystalline arrangements of DNA and other biomolecules can help!
Liquids with Chiral Bond Order
Chiral Mesophases of DNA
Effects in Chiral Polymer Hexatics
Chirality in Ordered DNA Phases
Self-Assembly in Vivo
How can you resolve the frustration between chiral packing and close packing?
Surfaces, Screw Dislocations and Twist Grain Boundaries
in Double-Twist Cylinders
Maps and Braiding of Chiral Polymer Crystals
Chiral Columnar Phases: Tilt Grain Boundaries and Iterated Moiré
Configurations of Vortices in High-Temperature Superconductors near the
Melting Transition Flux lines in superconductors adopt liquid crystal structures!
How do polymer degrees of freedom get incorporated into liquid crystalline phases?
Anomalous Elasticity of Polymer Cholesterics
here to see a poster on this work.
Twisted Line Liquids
Some Interesting Sites About Chirality
This work is supported, in part, through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
and the National Science Foundation through Grant DMR97-32963.
© Copyright 2000-2001, Randall D. Kamien
Last Modified 16 October 2001