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Effect of the linking unit on the twist-bend nematic phase in liquid crystal dimers: a comparative study of two homologous series of methylene- and ether-linked dimers

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DateAccepted/In press - 20 Sep 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2016
DatePublished (current) - 2 Jan 2017
Issue number1
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)84-92
Early online date3/10/16
Original languageEnglish


Two series of bimesogens with phenyl benzoate mesogenic units were prepared: one series having a heptamethylene spacer and the other a pentamethylene spacer with two ether-linking groups. These materials were prepared to provide experimental backing to the widely held hypothesis that methylene-linked bimesogens are more likely to exhibit the twist-bend nematic mesophase than their ether-linked counterparts. Several of the methylene-linked materials exhibited nematic and NTB mesophases, whereas the analogous ether-linked materials gave only nematic phases albeit with significantly higher clearing points. Virtual N–NTB transition temperatures for both methylene- and ether-linked bimesogens were extrapolated by constructing binary phase diagrams with the well-studied twist-bend material CB9CB. Contrary to our expectations these virtual transition temperatures were in most cases higher for the ether-linked bimesogens than in the analogous methylene compounds, this runs counter to reported theories and hypotheses that the incorporation of ether-linking groups should serve to destabilise the NTB phase.

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  • bimesogens, Liquid crystals, twist-bend nematic

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