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Effect of lateral substituents on the mesophases formed by some achiral banana-shaped molecules

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Several compounds composed of banana-shaped molecules and exhibiting mesophases are reported. The effect of different lateral substituents on the type of mesophase formed is examined and a comparison made with unsubstituted compounds. The mesophases have been characterized using techniques such as polarizing optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction. The B2 phase shows antiferroelectric switching behaviour.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Raman Research Institute, C.V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560 080, India

Publication date: 01 March 2001

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