Ionic hexagonal columnar metallomesogens derived from tetrabenzo[ b, f, j,n] [1,5,9,13] tetraazacyclohexadecine

H. C. Wu, J. H. Sung, C. D. Yang, C. K. Lai

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A series of transition metal (Ni, Cu, Pd) complexes derived from macrocyclic tetrabenzo[b,f,j,n] [1,5,9,13] tetraazacyclohexadecine (TAAB) was synthesized and their mesomorphic properties studied by differential scanning calorimetry, polarized optical microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). These compounds have eight alkoxy side chains attached around the central molecular core and form disc-like molecules. All the derivatives exhibited columnar mesophases over a wide range of temperature. The mesomorphic behaviour was found to be dependent on the incorporated metal and the carbon length of the alkoxy side chains. The clearing temperatures decreased in the order M = Ni > Pd > Cu; this decrease was probably due to the size of the metal ions. Some derivatives with shorter side chains (n = 10, 12) were room temperature liquid crystals. All compounds were found to exhibit hexagonal columnar (Colh) phases which were confirmed by powder XRD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-415
Number of pages5
JournalLiquid Crystals
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


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