Synthesis and liquid crystal properties of some 2,6-disubstituted anthracenes

Andrew N. Cammidge, Victoria H. M. Goddard

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The synthesis and liquid crystalline properties of some new 2,6-disubstituted anthracenes are described. Symmetrical alkylphenyl derivatives exhibit smectic mesophases, whereas simpler structures are non-mesogenic. One unsymmetrically substituted anthracene exhibits a narrow nematic phase. The potential for these molecules to act as phototriggers has been investigated but efficient photodimerisation cannot be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1150
Number of pages6
JournalLiquid Crystals
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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