Structural characterization of new fluorinated mesogens obtained through halogen-bond driven self-assembly

V. Kumar, D.J. Mulder, G. Cavallo, T. Pilati, G. Terraneo, G. Resnati, A.P.H.J. Schenning, P. Metrangolo

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We describe the synthesis and characterization of new trimeric complexes obtained upon halogen-bond driven self-assembly of 1,4-diiodotetrafluorobenzene or α,ω– diiodoperfluoroalkanes, acting as XB-donors, with an alkoxystilbazole derivative functionalized with a methacrylate terminal group, acting as XB-acceptor. Despite the fact that the starting materials are not mesomorphic in nature, the obtained halogen-bonded complexes exhibit monotropic LC behaviour with smectic A phases possibly resulting from segregation between fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon chains. The obtained supramolecular mesogens possess reactive groups suitable for incorporation into liquid crystalline elastomeric actuators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Fluorine Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017



  • Diiodoperfluorocarbons
  • Halogen bonding
  • Liquid crystals
  • Reactive mesogens
  • Self-assembly

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