Original paper

Smectic phase in suspensions of gapped DNA duplexes

Volume: 7, Issue: 1
Published: Nov 15, 2016
Abstract
Smectic ordering in aqueous solutions of monodisperse stiff double-stranded DNA fragments is known not to occur, despite the fact that these systems exhibit both chiral nematic and columnar mesophases. Here, we show, unambiguously, that a smectic-A type of phase is formed by increasing the DNA's flexibility through the introduction of an unpaired single-stranded DNA spacer in the middle of each duplex. This is unusual for a lyotropic system,...
Paper Details
Title
Smectic phase in suspensions of gapped DNA duplexes
Published Date
Nov 15, 2016
Volume
7
Issue
1
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