Liquid crystalline corannulene responsive to electric field

Daigo Miyajima, Kentaro Tashiro, Fumito Araoka, Hideo Takezoe, Jungeun Kim, Kenichi Kato, Masaki Takata, Takuzo Aida

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An amide-appended corannulene derivative (3) with tribranched paraffinic side chains self-assembles into a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline (LC) mesophase over a wide temperature range from 154 to -10 °C. In contrast with columnar LC assemblies of planar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the LC assembly of nonplanar 3 responds to an applied electric field and can align homeotropically to the electrode surface. Even after the electric field is switched off, this alignment is memorized for a long period of time unless the material is heated above the clearing temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-45
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 14


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