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Four-ring achiral unsymmetrical bent core molecules forming strongly fluorescent smectic liquid crystals with spontaneous polar and chiral ordered B7 and B1 phases

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Abstract

Achiral molecules based on a novel four-ring core with an ester linkage at the molecular bend are shown to exhibit smectic liquid crystal phases with spontaneously chiral and polar layers (SmCP phases), including their polarization splay modulated and layer undulated (PMLU) variants, B7 and B1. Additionally, these compounds exhibit strong photoluminescence, the first family of SmCP phases to do so.

Graphical abstract: Four-ring achiral unsymmetrical bent core molecules forming strongly fluorescent smectic liquid crystals with spontaneous polar and chiral ordered B7 and B1 phases

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The article was received on 20 May 2010, accepted on 19 Jul 2010 and first published on 06 Aug 2010


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01539C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 7332-7336
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    Four-ring achiral unsymmetrical bent core molecules forming strongly fluorescent smectic liquid crystals with spontaneous polar and chiral ordered B7 and B1 phases

    R. Deb, R. K. Nath, M. K. Paul, N. V. S. Rao, F. Tuluri, Y. Shen, R. Shao, D. Chen, C. Zhu, I. I. Smalyukh and N. A. Clark, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 7332
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01539C

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