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Structural study of smectic A phases in homologous series of N-alkylpyridinium alkylsulphates

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  • C Cruz
  • B Heinrich
  • A C Ribeiro
  • D W Bruce
  • D Guillon

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JournalLIQUID CRYSTALS
DatePublished - Dec 2000
Issue number12
Volume27
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)1625-1631
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The mesomorphic properties of 27 homologues of the N-alkylpyridinium alkylsulphate series were studied by X-ray diffraction and dilatometry. All of these compounds exhibit single smectic A phases whose layer spacings are between 0.64 and 0.8 times the molecular length. Polarizing optical microscopy observation shows that these peculiar layer spacings are not due to the tilting of the molecules; a new packing model is proposed to explain the particular structure of these thermotropic ionic liquid crystal phases.

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