Mesogenic heterocycles derived from quinoxaline Schiff Bases

Hsiu Ming Kuo, Wan Ping Ko, Yu Te Hsu, Gene Hsiang Lee, Chung K. Lai

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Three new series of heterocyclic quinoxaline Schiff Bases 1–2 were prepared, characterized and their mesomorphic properties were investigated. These compounds 1 and 2 are in fact geometric isomers in which an imine moiety (e.g., [sbnd]C[dbnd]N) is inversely incorporated into quinoxaline, leading to an opposite local dipole. Two single crystallographic structures 1 (m=8, n=8) and 2a (m=12, n=8) were determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis in order to understand the effect of mesomorphic properties. Weak H-bonds, CH–π and π–π interactions were found in both crystals, which were attributed to the formation of mesomorphic behavior. Variable temperature FT-IR experiments were performed to confirm the induced H-bonds. All series of compounds 1–2 exhibited N/SmC or SmC phases, which were identified by optical microscope and confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction experiments. Compounds 2a have a slightly wider range of mesophase temperatures than that of compounds 1 and 2b.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6321-6333
Number of pages13
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2016


  • Heterocyclic
  • Mesogens
  • Quinoxaline
  • Schiff Bases


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