The synthesis and characterisation of novel liquid crystals which display columnar mesomorphism induced upon complexation of a series of nonmesomorphic hexacatenar 4,4- disubstituted 2,2-bipyridines (Ln) are reported. The introduction of different metal centres (Zn, Pd) causes the appearance of mesomorphism in all complexes regardless of the geometry around the metal ion. We therefore report the first examples of mesomorphism in tetrahedral zinc derivatives. The nature of the columnar phases is related to the self-assembly of the half-disc shaped [LnMCl2] (M = Zn, Pd) complexes into full disc-shaped supramolecules. The molecular organisation in the mesophase is mainly driven by intermolecular attractive interactions, as shown by the crystal structure of the model compound [LPdCl2]. Preliminary measurements of photoconductivity have been performed on samples of [LnMCl2] complexes doped with C60 to increase absorption. Promising results were obtained.

Columnar Mesomorphism in Hexacatenar Tetrahedral (2,2'-Bipyridine)Zinc Complexes and Homologous Palladium Derivatives

CRISPINI, Alessandra;GOLEMME, Attilio;
2005

Abstract

The synthesis and characterisation of novel liquid crystals which display columnar mesomorphism induced upon complexation of a series of nonmesomorphic hexacatenar 4,4- disubstituted 2,2-bipyridines (Ln) are reported. The introduction of different metal centres (Zn, Pd) causes the appearance of mesomorphism in all complexes regardless of the geometry around the metal ion. We therefore report the first examples of mesomorphism in tetrahedral zinc derivatives. The nature of the columnar phases is related to the self-assembly of the half-disc shaped [LnMCl2] (M = Zn, Pd) complexes into full disc-shaped supramolecules. The molecular organisation in the mesophase is mainly driven by intermolecular attractive interactions, as shown by the crystal structure of the model compound [LPdCl2]. Preliminary measurements of photoconductivity have been performed on samples of [LnMCl2] complexes doped with C60 to increase absorption. Promising results were obtained.
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