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Topological Defects and Shape of Aromatic Self-Assembled Vesicles

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posted on 06.08.2009, 00:00 authored by O. V. Manyuhina, A. Fasolino, M. I. Katsnelson
We show that the stacking of flat aromatic molecules on a curved surface results in topological defects. We consider, as an example, spherical vesicles, self-assembled from molecules with 5- and 6-thiophene cores. We predict that the symmetry of the molecules influences the number of topological defects and the resulting equilibrium shape.

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