Synthesis and photoswitching properties of bent-shaped liquid crystals containing azobenzene monomers

Rahman, Md Lutfor and Kumar, Sandeep P. and Tschierske, Carsten and Israel , Gunter and Ster, Diana and Hegde, Gurumurthy (2009) Synthesis and photoswitching properties of bent-shaped liquid crystals containing azobenzene monomers. Liquid Crystals, 36 (4). pp. 397-407. ISSN 0267-8292

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02678290902923428

Abstract

Three novel bent-shaped monomers, namely 1,3-phenylene bis-{4-[4-(n-allyloxyalkyloxy)phenylazo]benzoate} 5a-c, containing azobenzene as side arms, resorcinol as central units and terminal double bonds as polymerisable functional groups were synthesised and characterised. The mesophase behaviour was investigated by polarising optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction measurements and it was found that all three compounds display SmAintercal mesophases. These bent-shaped molecules exhibit strong photoisomerisation behaviour in solutions in which trans to cis isomerisation takes about 50 seconds whereas the reverse process takes almost 31 hours.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Azobenzene, Bent, Shaped monomers, Photoswitching, Cis-trans isomerisation, Photonics
Subjects:?? QD241-441 ??
Divisions:SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
ID Code:1346
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:16 Aug 2011 14:47
Last Modified:23 Feb 2015 12:35

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