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Liquid-crystalline cholesterol-based [60]fullerene hexaadducts

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Two novel cholesterol-based [60]fullerene hexaadducts 1 and 2 bearing respectively 12 and 10 mesogenic cholesterol moieties were prepared following Hirsch's methodology. Both hexaadducts 1 and 2 showed a smectic A phase from slightly above room temperature up to 165 °C for 1 and 180 °C for 2, whereas the malonate mesogenic promoter 5 displayed two monotropic unidentified phases at 41 °C and 67 °C and a chiral nematic phase between 67 °C and 88 °C. An increase of the mesophase stability of about 100 °C as well as a near room temperature mesomorphism was thus obtained through C60-grafting. The design consisting of the polyaddition of cholesterol moieties on the carbon truncated icosahedron used as a spherical template to create new 3D architectures, appears then to be a method of choice to obtain stable anisotropic materials and to prevent the C60 aggregation tendency. As deduced by X-ray diffraction studies, and supported by molecular modelling calculations, the two supermolecules 1 and 2 self-organize into bi-layer structures which consist of a median C60-rich slab, sandwiched between cholesteryl-containing outer layers.

Graphical abstract: Liquid-crystalline cholesterol-based [60]fullerene hexaadducts

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The article was received on 27 Jun 2005, accepted on 19 Oct 2005 and first published on 10 Nov 2005

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B509081D
J. Mater. Chem., 2006,16, 304-309

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    Liquid-crystalline cholesterol-based [60]fullerene hexaadducts

    D. Felder-Flesch, L. Rupnicki, C. Bourgogne, B. Donnio and D. Guillon, J. Mater. Chem., 2006, 16, 304
    DOI: 10.1039/B509081D

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