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Liquid organic frameworks: The single-network “plumber’s nightmare” bicontinuous cubic liquid crystal

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b11073 DOI Help

Authors: Silvio Poppe (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg) , Xiaohong Cheng (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg; Yunnan University) , Changlong Chen (Shaanxi International Research Center for Soft Matter) , Xiangbing Zeng (University of Sheffield) , Rui-bin Zhang (University of Sheffield) , Feng Liu (University of Sheffield) , Goran Ungar (University of Sheffield) , Carsten Tschierske (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of The American Chemical Society

State: Published (Approved)
Published: February 2020

Abstract: Novel bolapolyphiles, built of a p-terphenyl or bistolane core with polar glycerol end-groups and two laterally attached n-alkyl or semiperfluoroalkyl chains, form the first “single plumber’s nightmare network”, the simplest soft-matter cubic phase (Pm3̅m). Its cage-like grid comprises bundles of aromatic rods lying along the cubic unit cell edges, connected by six-way hydrogen-bonded junctions. Side-chains fill the remaining volume of this unique noninterpenetrating liquid-crystalline organic framework.

Journal Keywords: Particulate matter; Phase transitions; Lattices; Chromatography; Molecules

Subject Areas: Chemistry


Instruments: I22-Small angle scattering & Diffraction