A novel series of heteropolynuclear metallomesogens: Organopalladium complexes with ferrocenophane-containing ligands

Oleg N. Kadkin, Jaein An, Haksoo Han, Yuri G. Galyametdinov

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Ferrocenophane-containing (Fcph) Schiff's bases p-C12H 25O-(C6H4)CH=N(C6H4)Fcph (LAH) and p-C12H25O(C6H 4)COO-(C6H4)CH=N(C6H 4)Fcph (LBH) react with palladium(II) acetate to form μ-acetato- and chloro-bridged dimeric organo-palladium complexes. By exchanging acetato-groups with the chloride anions, μ-chloro-bridged heteropolynuclear dimers are obtained that show thermotropic smectic A phases over a temperature range of 198 to 260°C. The complexes [PdClL A]2 and [PdClLB]2 can be transformed into a variety of mixed-ligand PdII complexes by treatment with salicyl-aldimine p-C12H25O(C6H 4)COO(C6H3)(OH)CH=N(C6H 4)-Fcph (LCH) and β-aminovinyl ketone p-C 12H25O(C6H4)-COCH=CHNH(C 6H4)Fcph (LDH). The obtained mixed-ligand heterometallic complexes [PdLALC], [PdLBLC], [PdLALD] and [PdLBLD] exhibit enantiotropic, thermotropic nematic phases over a broad temperature range from 71 to 205°C. The structures of the synthesized compounds were characterized by means of 1H NMR, IR and UV spectroscopy, as well as elemental analysis. The liquid crystalline properties were studied by polarising optical microscopy and DSC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1688
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 1


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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