Liquid crystalline banana-shaped monomers derived from 2,7-naphthalene: Synthesis and properties

Rahman, Md Lutfor and Jahimin Asik @ Abd. Rashid and Kumar, Sandeep P. and Tschierske, Carsten (2008) Liquid crystalline banana-shaped monomers derived from 2,7-naphthalene: Synthesis and properties. Liquid Crystals, 35 (11). pp. 1263-1270. ISSN 0267-8292

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Three banana-shaped monomers, i.e. 2,7-naphthalene bis[4-(4- allyloxyphenylazo)-benzoate], 2,7-naphthalene bis[4-(4-allyloxy-3- fluorophenylazo)benzoate] and 2,7-naphthalene bis{4-[4-(10-undecenyloxy) phenylazo]benzoate}, containing azobenzene as side arms, 2,7- dihydroxynaphthalene as central units and terminal double bonds as polymerisable functional groups, were synthesised and their mesophase behaviour investigated. Polarizing optical microscopy and DSC measurements reveal that all compounds exhibit nematic mesophases. The absorption spectrum of the trans-azobenzene groups displays a high-intensity π-π* transition at about 365 nm and a low-intensity n-π* transition at around 450 nm for all compounds. Hence, photochromism can be achieved by the introduction of the azo linkage to banana-shaped liquid crystals molecules. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Azobenzene, Bent-shaped monomer, Cis-trans isomer, Naphthalene, Photochromism
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD1-999 Chemistry > QD241-441 Organic chemistry
Department: SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 16:36
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 15:22

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