Synthesis and Thermal Properties of some Ferrocene Containing Liquid Crystals

NICOLAE HURDUC ,Irina Carlescu ,Dan Scutaru 2,Otilia Catanescu 3,Liang Chy Chien 3

Technical University Iasi, Department of Macromolecules, Bd. Mangeron 71, 700050-Iasi, Romania
Technical Uninersity Iasi, Department of Organic Chemistry, Bd. Mangeron 71, 700050- Iasi, Romania
2Technical Uninersity Iasi, Department of Organic Chemistry, Bd. Mangeron 71, 700050- Iasi, Rpmania
3Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA

The synthesis and mesophase characterization of some monosubstituted ferrocene-containing liquid crystals were reported. For a better understanding of the thermal behavior, the LC properties were compared with a series of pattern compounds, possessing similar structures, but without the ferrocenyl unit. The liquid crystalline compounds without ferrocene group presented a very short stability of the mesophase on heating, while all of them exhibit an enantiotropic behavior. The introduction of the ferrocenyl unit in the rigid core induced a monotropic or enantiotropic behavior. Although the appearance of a monotropic behavior is a little surprising, the bulkiness ferrocenyl unit is asymmetrically connected in respect of the rigid core axis. These behaviors were explained by the change of the dipolmoment in the rigid core, when one or two esteric groups are present.


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