Liquid-crystalline supramolecular polymers formed through complementary nucleobase-pair interactions

Sona Sivakova, Jian Wu, Cheryl J. Campo, Patrick T. Mather, Stuart J. Rowan

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Abstract

We report how the placement of nucleobase units, thymine, or N 6-(4-methoxybenzoyl)adenine, onto the ends of a mesogenic core, bis-4-alkoxy-substituted bis(phenylethynyl)-benzene, affects the properties of these materials. We show that addition of these bulky polar groups significantly reduces the range of liquid-crystalline behavior of these compounds. However, mixing two complementary nucleobase-containing AA- and BB-type monomer units together does result in the formation of stable, thermotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) phases. Hydrogen bonding is shown to play an important role in the formation of these LC phases, consistent with the formation of oligomeric or polymeric hydrogenbonded aggregates. X-ray analyses of these mixed materials are consistent with the formation of smectic C phases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-456
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 23
Externally publishedYes

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Polymers
Crystalline materials
Liquids
Thymine
Adenine
Benzene
Hydrogen bonds
Monomers
X rays
alkoxyl radical

Keywords

  • Crystals
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Liquid
  • Nucleobases
  • Polymers
  • Supramolecular chemistry

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Liquid-crystalline supramolecular polymers formed through complementary nucleobase-pair interactions. / Sivakova, Sona; Wu, Jian; Campo, Cheryl J.; Mather, Patrick T.; Rowan, Stuart J.

In: Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, 23.12.2005, p. 446-456.

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Sivakova, Sona ; Wu, Jian ; Campo, Cheryl J. ; Mather, Patrick T. ; Rowan, Stuart J. / Liquid-crystalline supramolecular polymers formed through complementary nucleobase-pair interactions. In: Chemistry - A European Journal. 2005 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 446-456.
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