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Polymorphism of hydrogen-bonded star mesogens – a combinatorial DFT-D and FT-IR spectroscopy study

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A comprehensive study combining detailed computational analyses with temperature-variable FT-IR experiments was performed in order to elucidate the structure of the hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals based on phloroglucinol and azopyridine in their mesophase. Conformational analysis revealed three relevant conformers: star, λ- and E-shape. The results demonstrate an entropy-driven unfolding mechanism of the assembly. The stability of the conformers is given by intermolecular π–π and dispersion interactions of the azopyridine side chains. Correlating the calculated vibrational frequency with experimental FT-IR spectra suggests a λ-folded conformation of the assemblies as the predominant species in the mesophase.

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2018, accepted on 01 Mar 2019 and first published on 14 Mar 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8RA09458F
Citation: RSC Adv., 2019,9, 8444-8453
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    Polymorphism of hydrogen-bonded star mesogens – a combinatorial DFT-D and FT-IR spectroscopy study

    M. Pfletscher, J. Wysoglad, J. S. Gutmann and M. Giese, RSC Adv., 2019, 9, 8444
    DOI: 10.1039/C8RA09458F

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