Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/02678290110071556
Title: Supramolecular side chain liquid crystalline polymers assembled via hydrogen bonding between carboxylic acid-containing polysiloxane and azobenzene derivatives
Authors: Li, X.
Goh, S.H. 
Lai, Y.H. 
Cheng, S.X.
Issue Date: 2001
Source: Li, X.,Goh, S.H.,Lai, Y.H.,Cheng, S.X. (2001). Supramolecular side chain liquid crystalline polymers assembled via hydrogen bonding between carboxylic acid-containing polysiloxane and azobenzene derivatives. Liquid Crystals 28 (10) : 1527-1538. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/02678290110071556
Abstract: Supramolecular side chain liquid crystalline polymers were prepared from poly(3-carboxy-propylmethylsiloxane) (PSI100) and azobenzene derivatives through intermolecular hydrogen bonding (H-bonding) between the carboxylic acid groups in the PSI100 and the imidazole rings in the azobenzene derivatives. The existence of H-bonding has been confirmed using FTIR spectroscopy. The polymeric complexes behave as liquid crystalline (LC) polymers and exhibit stable mesophases. The LC behaviour of these H-bonded polymeric complexes was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, polarizing optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The complexes exhibit nematic LC phases identified on the basis of Schlieren optical textures. On increasing spacer length or the concentration of the H-bonded mesogenic unit in the complex, the clearing temperature and the temperature range of the LC phase of the polymeric complex increase. The terminal group plays a critical role in determining the LC properties of the polymeric complexes. A terminal methoxy group is more efficient than a nitro group in increasing the clearing temperature. The electron donor-acceptor interactions between the H-bonded mesogenic units containing methoxy and nitro terminal groups in supramolecular 'copolymeric' complexes lead to an increase in the clearing temperature and a wider temperature range for the LC phase.
Source Title: Liquid Crystals
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/77109
ISSN: 02678292
DOI: 10.1080/02678290110071556
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