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Effects of side-chain length on the charge transport properties of discotic liquid crystals and their implications for the transport mechanism

Abstract

Four homologous mesogens of the hexakis(n-alkoxy)triphenylene series (HATn, n= 4,6,9,11), have been doped with the one electron oxidant NOBF4, and the electrical conductivity measured as a function of frequency in the hexagonal columnar Dh phase. The limiting low-frequency conductivities both parallel, σ, and perpendicular, σ, to the column axes decrease exponentially with increasing side-chain length. The value of σ decreases by three orders of magnitude in going from n= 4 to n= 11. This can be understood in terms of an increasing degree of disorder in the packing of molecules in the columns. The decrease of σ by some two orders of magnitude can be attributed to the increase in the distance between the columns.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/JM9950502161
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 1995,5, 2161-2165

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    Effects of side-chain length on the charge transport properties of discotic liquid crystals and their implications for the transport mechanism

    E. O. Arikainen, N. Boden, R. J. Bushby, J. Clements, B. Movaghar and A. Wood, J. Mater. Chem., 1995, 5, 2161
    DOI: 10.1039/JM9950502161

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