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Thermotropic lanthanidomesogens

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Due to their high and variable coordination numbers leading to poorly predictable three-dimensional coordination spheres, the trivalent lanthanide metal ions are challenging molecular objects for introduction into thermotropic liquid crystals. Conversely, their predictive electronic, optical and magnetic metal-centred properties make them particularly attractive for being incorporated into switchable macroscopic materials responding to external electric and magnetic stimuli. We briefly describe here some of the important concepts and strategies leading to the recent successful preparation of luminescent thermotropic lanthanide-containing mesophases, for which the generic term lanthanidomesogens is proposed.

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The article was received on 24 Apr 2006, accepted on 04 Jul 2006 and first published on 15 Aug 2006

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B605737C
Chem. Commun., 2006, 3755-3768

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    Thermotropic lanthanidomesogens

    C. Piguet, J. G. Bünzli, B. Donnio and D. Guillon, Chem. Commun., 2006, 3755
    DOI: 10.1039/B605737C

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