Oligo-side chain liquid crystal polymers: comb polymers with long chiral teeth

X. J. Hong*, S. I. Stupp

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The authors have synthesized a new variety of side chain liquid crystal polymers we term oligo-side chain LCP's. The macromolecules of these materials are comb-shaped and differ from conventional side chain LCP's in that the comb's teeth are longer and semiflexible. The oligomeric side chains contain a long flexible spacer not only at their junction with the backbone but also in the center of the mesogen. Specific features of the systems described include monosubstitution of enantiotopic protons in the central spacer by a cyano group and a long alkoxy tail at the terminus; both the configurationally disordered and the enantiomerically enriched comb polymers have been synthesized. An interesting and unusual property of these materials is a lower liquid crystal-isotropic transition temperature relative to that of their monomeric precursors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1989
EventPapers Presented at the Miami Beach, FL Meeting: Polymer Preprints - Miami Beach, FL, USA
Duration: Sep 10 1989Sep 15 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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