ePrints@IIScePrints@IISc Home | About | Browse | Latest Additions | Advanced Search | Contact | Help

Mono layer to Interdigitated Partial Bilayer Smectic C Transition in Thiophene-Based Spacer Mesogens: X-ray Diffraction and C-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies

Reddy, Kesava M and Varathan, E and Lobo, Nitin P and Roy, Arun and Narasimhaswamy, T and Ramanathan, KV (2015) Mono layer to Interdigitated Partial Bilayer Smectic C Transition in Thiophene-Based Spacer Mesogens: X-ray Diffraction and C-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies. In: LANGMUIR, 31 (39). pp. 10831-10842.

[img] PDF
Lan_31-39_1083_2015.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (3MB) | Request a copy
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02327

Abstract

Mesophase organization of molecules built with thiophene at the center and linked via flexible spacers to rigid side arm core units and terminal alkoxy chains has been investigated. Thirty homologues realized by varying the span of the spacers as well as the length of the terminal chains have been studied. In addition to the enantiotropic nematic phase observed for all the mesogens, the increase of the spacer as well as the terminal chain lengths resulted in the smectic C phase. The molecular organization in the smectic phase as investigated by temperature dependent X-ray diffraction measurements revealed an interesting behavior that depended on the length of the spacer vis-a-vis the length of the terminal chain. Thus, a tilted interdigitated partial bilayer organization was observed for molecules with a shorter spacer length, while a tilted monolayer arrangement was observed for those with a longer spacer length. High-resolution solid state C-13 NMR studies carried out for representative mesogens indicated a U-shape for all the molecules, indicating that intermolecular interactions and molecular dynamics rather than molecular shape are responsible for the observed behavior. Models for the mesophase organization have been considered and the results understood in terms of segregation of incompatible parts of the mesogens combined with steric frustration leading to the observed lamellar order.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > NMR Research Centre (Formerly Sophisticated Instruments Facility)
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 06:50
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 06:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52676

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item