Synthesis and characterisation of a conjugated reactive mesogen

Andreas Bacher, Philip G. Bentley, Donal D.C. Bradley, Louise K. Douglas, Paul A. Glarvey, Martin Grell, Katherine S. Whitehead, Michael L. Turner

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The synthesis of 2-methyl-1,4-bis[2-(4- propionyloxypropyloxyphenyl)ethenyl]benzene (1) and 2-methyl-1,4-bis[2-(4- acryloyloxypropyloxyphenyl)ethenyl]benzene (2) is reported. The liquid crystalline and photophysical behaviour has been investigated. Two liquid crystalline phases can be detected, with the lower temperature phase exhibiting strong H-aggregation. Thin films of the reactive mesogen in its liquid crystalline phase can be aligned into monodomains and can be polymerised in a controlled manner to give intractable anisotropic networks.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


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