Structural Investigation of Carbosilane Liquid Crystalline Dendrimers

RM Richardson, E. V Agina, N. I Boiko, V. P Shibaev, I. Grillo

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X-ray and neutron scattering investigations have been made on two series of liquid crystal dendrimers. The low generations (first to fourth) predominantly show smectic phases. The fifth generation shows a tendency to form columnar phases and two different types have been observed. The transition from smectic to columnar has been explained in terms of the distance between the dendritic core and the mesogenic units. As the generation number is increased, the distance increases until it becomes greater than the maximum length of the flexible spacers causing a change in molecular shape and the formation of columnar phases. Although the materials are nearly monodisperse, the small variation in the number of mesogens per molecule gives rise to some subtle structural effects. Two coexisting structures have been observed over large temperature ranges in some materials and small angle neutron scattering indicates that there is some microphase segregation which is a reversible function of temperature.
Translated title of the contributionStructural Investigation of Carbosilane Liquid Crystalline Dendrimers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16346 - 16356
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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