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Title: Direct method to grasp molecular topology of mesogens through 13C–1H dipolar couplings
Authors: Reddy, M. Kesava
Shalini, P. Jaya
P. Lobo, Nitin
Roy, Arun
Narasimhaswamy, T.
Issue Date: 5-May-2023
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,2023,Vol.25,p.14158
Abstract: A prime factor in determining liquid crystalline phase formation is the overall molecular shape since molecules undergo rotational motion about the long axis. Molecular topology deals with the connectivity of atomic centers in a given molecular architecture, ultimately giving rise to the gross molecular shape. 13C NMR has emerged as the most important technique in establishing the molecular topology of mesogens in the liquid crystalline phase. In this work, we demonstrate the utility of 13C–1H dipolar couplings determined from 2D separated local field NMR for finding the topology of three different mesogens in the liquid crystalline phase. The core unit of the investigated mesogens fundamentally differs, which may be categorized as rod-like, laterally substituted, and bent-core shapes. 1D and 2D 13C NMR measurements in the liquid crystalline phase revealed fascinating information. The 13C–1H dipolar couplings extracted from 2D NMR are found to be sensitive to topologically variant core units. This permitted us to establish the molecular topology just by looking at the 13C–1H dipolar couplings of the protonated carbons of the constituent phenyl rings. By considering the dipolar couplings of rod-like mesogens as a reference, the large variation in the magnitude of 13C–1H dipolar couplings of the laterally substituted and bent-core mesogens is attributed to changes in the topology of their core units. The order parameters estimated from 13C–1H dipolar couplings enabled visualization of the ordering array of phenyl rings of the mesogens. Interestingly large 13C–1H dipolar couplings are observed for mesogens in which (a) laterally located phenyl ring and (b) central phenyl ring of bent-core mesogens exhibited different trends as revealed by the orientational order parameters.
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ISSN: 1463-9076 (print)
1463-9084 (online)
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Copyright: 2023, Royal Society Chemistry
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