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Articles by Xiaohong Cheng
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  Zhiwu Luo , Yi Huang , Guanghui Wei , Xiaohong Cheng , Marko Prehm and Carsten Tschierske
  Novel amphiphilic block molecules consisting of a rigid 2-phenylthiophene or 5-phenylbithienyl core, with a polar glycerol group attached to the phenyl ring and one or two alkyl chains attached to the thiophene ring on the other side, have been synthesised by using Ni(0) and Pd(0) catalyzed coupling reactions as key steps. The thermotropic and solvent-induced liquid crystalline behaviour of these compounds was investigated by polarising optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The influence of the length, number and position of the alkyl chains, and the length of the rigid core, on their mesophase behaviour was investigated. Compounds with one alkyl chain in the terminal 5-position on the thiophene ring form only smectic A phases, compounds with two adjacent alkyl chains attached in the 4- and 5-positions of the thiophene ring exhibit thermotropic columnar mesophases, and those with two long alkyl chains attached to the 3- and 5-positions form columnar LC phases only in the presence of water. Another compound containing the longer 5-phenylbithienyl core unit and two alkyl chains attached in lateral positions to each of the thiophene rings is not mesogenic.
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