A liquid crystalline phase with uniform tilt, local polar order and capability of symmetry breaking

Mohamed Alaasar, Marko Prehm, Mamatha Nagaraj, Jagdish K. Vij, Carsten Tschierske

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    Abstract

    A new liquid crystalline (LC) phase with uniform tilt, local polar order and capability of symmetry breaking is found for a bent-core mesogen combining a 4-cyanoresorcinol unit with two azobenzene wings. The combination of local polar order and long range synclinic tilt in this SmCsPR phase leads, under special conditions, to macroscopic domains with opposite chirality, though the molecules themselves are achiral. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2186-2191
    Number of pages5
    JournalAdvanced Materials
    Volume25
    Issue number15
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2013

    Keywords

    • bent-core mesogens
    • chirality
    • liquid crystals
    • self-assembly
    • symmetry breaking

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