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Title: Liquid crystalline properties and dependence of transition temperatures on the length of the flexible alkylene spacer of symmetric dimers composed of bent-core units
Authors: Umadevi, S.
Sadashiva, B.K.
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Liquid Crystals, 2007, Vol.34, p673 - 681
Abstract: Three new series of symmetric dimers composed of bent-core molecules connected by a flexible alkylene spacer have been synthesized and their mesomorphic properties studied. The effect of varying the length of the terminal chains for fixed odd and even spacers, as well as varying the spacer length for a fixed terminal chain length, on the mesomorphic properties has been investigated. Remarkably, all the dimers investigated show the same type of mesophase, which has been characterized as a ColobPF phase, on the basis of X-ray diffraction and electro-optical measurements. It is found that for a fixed spacer length, the thermal range of the mesophase increases with increase in the number of methylene units in the terminal chain. On the other hand, interestingly an odd-even effect is observed when the length of the flexible spacer is varied; dimers having an odd number of methylene units possess higher clearing points.
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ISSN: 0267-8292
1366-5855 (Online)
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Copyright: 2007 Taylor & Francis
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