Tricontinuous mesophases of balanced three-arm 'star polyphiles'
We construct simple models to compare ordered tricontinuous patterns that are topologically consistent with the constraints imposed by three-arm star polyphile self-assembly, analogous to steric packing and elastic bending models used to analyse bicontinuous mesophases in amphiphilic assemblies. We find a number of competing low-energy ordered structures, composed of threading of three identical labyrinths, with three-fold infinite branch lines, that are likely to be of comparable energy for...[Show more]
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