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Investigating the Cusp between the Nano- and Macro-sciences in Supermolecular Liquid-Crystalline Twist-Bend Nematogens

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JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
DateAccepted/In press - 8 May 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2017
DatePublished (current) - 7 Jun 2017
Issue number21
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)5102-5110
Early online date8/05/17
Original languageEnglish


In this article we report the first known linear liquid-crystalline hexamer and in doing so demonstrate that higher oligomers and main chain polymers, with chemical structures based upon dimers and bimesogens, can exhibit the topical twist-bend ‘nematic’ mesophase. In doing so we find that there is continuation of properties and structures across the spectrum from dimer to polymer and possibly to macroscale objects such as helical flagella. This finding highlights the cross over from nanoscience based mainly on electrostatics and other non-covalent interactions to macroscience based mainly on molecular topology, density of packing, and minimisation of the free energy.

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