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Synthesis, optical properties, crystal structures and phase behaviour of symmetric, conjugated ethynylarene-based rigid rods with terminal carboxylate groups

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Bill CleggORCiD, Professor Todd Marder


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Sonogashira cross-coupling reactions of 4-ethynylmethylbenzoate (1) with aryl halides gave 1,2-bis(4-carbomethoxyphenyl)ethyne (2), 1,4-bis(4- carbomethoxyphenylethynyl)benzene (3), 1,4-bis(4-carbomethoxyphenylethynyl) tetrafluorobenzene (4) and 9,10-bis(4-carbomethoxyphenylethynyl)anthracene (5), protected precursors to conjugated rigid rod bis(carboxylato) ligands. The compound 1,4-bis(4-carbomethoxyphenyl)butadiyne (6) was prepared by the oxidative homo-coupling of 1. The hydrolysis of 2 and 3 by NaOH in methanol gave the sodium salts of the respective carboxylate anions and subsequent treatment with HCl gave the corresponding free carboxylic acids. Compounds 2-6 were characterised by absorption, emission, IR, NMR and mass spectrometry and examined for liquid crystal phase behaviour by differential thermal analysis (DTA) and transmitted polarised light microscopy (TPLM). Compound 4 exhibited a nematic phase stable from 233.6 °C until decomposition at 320 °C. The single-crystal structures of 2, 5 and 6 were determined by X-ray diffraction at 110-160 K. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2005.

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Author(s): Fasina TM, Collings JC, Burke JM, Batsanov AS, Ward RM, Albesa-Jove D, Porres L, Beeby A, Howard JAK, Scott AJ, Clegg W, Watt SW, Viney C, Marder TB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry

Year: 2005

Volume: 15

Issue: 6

Pages: 690-697

ISSN (print): 0959-9428

ISSN (electronic): 1364-5501

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/b413514h


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