Liquid-crystalline fullerene-ferrocene dyads
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The 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction was used to assemble fullerene, ferrocene and a second-generation liquid-crystalline cyanobiphenyl-based dendrimer. The targeted compound displayed an enantiotropic smectic A phase from 40 to 135degreesC. The d-layer spacing was determined by X-ray diffraction, and was found to be independent of temperature with a value of 95 Angstrom. Molecular modeling and structural considerations suggested partial bilayer organization of the mesogenic molecular units within the smectic layers. Oxidation or reduction processes of the basic components (ferrocene, fullerene, dendrimer) were investigated by electrochemical techniques, and were in agreement with the structure. Photoinduced electron transfer from ferrocene to fullerene was identified, most likely with a "through space" mechanism.
Source:Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2004, 14, 8, 1266-1272
- Royal Soc Chemistry, Cambridge