An unusual plank-shaped nematogen with a graphene nanoribbon core†
A phenacene exclusively decorated with four lateral hexylester substituents self-assembles into a nematic liquid crystal glass on cooling after melting at high temperature. This uniaxial nematic organization of a plank-shaped nanographene is unprecedented and in strong contrast to the common design rules for liquid crystals. Highly birefringent samples emitting polarized fluorescence can be obtained in homogeneously planar or twisted waveguiding configurations that are stable against crystallization at and below room temperature and up to 100 °C.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 Journal of Materials Chemistry C HOT Papers