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Transition from nematic to gyroid-type cubic soft self-assembly by side-chain engineering of π-conjugated sticky rods

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Abstract

A sequence of liquid crystalline phases, involving cybotactic nematics, a lamellar phase, bicontinuous cubics and triangular honeycombs, was observed for oligo(phenylene ethynylene) based X-shaped bolapolyphiles with two long lateral alkyl chains and sticky ends provided by glycerol groups. In the cubic phase with Ia[3 with combining macron]d lattice – which is tailored by alkyl chain engineering – the aromatic cores are organized on the gyroid minimal surface in 3D curved layers of almost parallel aligned π-conjugated rods. It is shown that this type of cubic phase is a general mode of soft self-assembly of X-shaped bolapolyphiles at the cross-over from the (long or short range) lamellar to the triangular honeycomb-like organization. Cubic phase formation is found only in a narrow range with respect to temperature and chain-length for the non-fluorinated compounds and in much wider ranges for related core-fluorinated molecules.

Graphical abstract: Transition from nematic to gyroid-type cubic soft self-assembly by side-chain engineering of π-conjugated sticky rods

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The article was received on 21 Apr 2017, accepted on 25 May 2017 and first published on 25 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00793K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017,13, 4381-4392
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    Transition from nematic to gyroid-type cubic soft self-assembly by side-chain engineering of π-conjugated sticky rods

    M. Poppe, C. Chen, H. Ebert, S. Poppe, M. Prehm, C. Kerzig, F. Liu and C. Tschierske, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 4381
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00793K

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