In order to investigate effective dopants to induce chiral nematic liquid crystalline phases, novel freebase (FbBL) and zinc bilinone (ZnBL) derivatives bearing optically active aliphatic groups ((S)-3,7-dimethyloctyls) at the peripheral positions were prepared. From the CD spectra, it was confirmed that M-helicity in the bilinone frameworks was modestly enriched for ZnBLs, whereas helicity was hardly induced for FbBLs except for the o-xylylene-spaced dimer. When N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline (MBBA) was doped with the bilinone derivatives, the chiral nematic phase was effectively induced, and the helical twisting powers (βMs) ranged from −95 to −159 μm−1. The control experiment using (S)-3,7-dimethyl-1-phenyloctane (βM = +14 μm−1) clearly showed that the induced chiral helical frameworks of FbBL and ZnBL predominantly contribute to chiral nematic induction of MBBA.
Research on Chemical Intermediates – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 10, 2009
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