Non-symmetrical nickel(H) complexes containing a single acrylate or methacrylate motif have been synthesised and polymerised radically in tetrohydrofuran solation using AIBN as the initiator. This results in the incorporation of the metal complexes into a polyacrylate and a polymethacrylate as freely mobile side chains, free from cross-linking. Whilst the monomers are non-liquid crystalline, the polymers show smectic A liquid crystal phases.
- inorganic complex
- liquid crystal