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Issue 86, 2016
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Mirror symmetry breaking in fluorinated bent-core mesogens

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Abstract

Spontaneous chirality synchronization in the LC phases of achiral bent-core molecules, the so called dark conglomerate mesophases (DC[*] phases), is a challenging task with significant importance for fundamental scientific research and potential applications. Here we report the synthesis and investigation of two new series of achiral bent-core mesogens derived from 4-bromoresorcinol and 4-chlororesorcinol with 2,3-difluorinated azobenzene-based side arms. The self-assembly of these materials was characterized by DSC, polarizing microscopy, X-ray diffraction investigations (XRD) and electro-optical studies. Depending on the type of halogen substituent at the central resorcinol core and on the terminal alkyl chain length different types of mesophases were observed, where 4-bromoresocinol derived compounds predominately show helical nanocrystallite phases, (HNC phases), representing conglomerates of chiral domains (DC[*]), whereas the related 4-chlororesorcinol based compounds form smectic C phases with a polar domain structure (SmCsPAR). Comparison with related compounds provides information about the influence of core fluorination on the mesophase behaviour and DC[*] phase formation, thus providing a step forward in uncovering the molecular design principles of LC materials capable of mirror symmetry breaking.

Graphical abstract: Mirror symmetry breaking in fluorinated bent-core mesogens

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Submitted
20 Jul 2016
Accepted
19 Aug 2016
First published
22 Aug 2016

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 82890-82899
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Mirror symmetry breaking in fluorinated bent-core mesogens

M. Alaasar, M. Prehm and C. Tschierske, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 82890
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA18482K

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