Mesomorphic organization and thermochromic luminescence of dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based phasmidic molecular disks: Uniaxially aligned hexagonal columnar liquid crystals at room temperature with enhanced fluorescence emission and semiconductivity

Seong Jun Yoon, Jong H. Kim, Kil Suk Kim, Jong Won Chung, Benoît Heinrich, Fabrice Mathevet, Pyosang Kim, Bertrand Donnio, André Jean Attias, Dongho Kim, Soo Young Park

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A new dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based phasmidic molecule, (2Z,2′Z)-2, 2′-(1,4-phenylene)bis(3-(3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxy)phenyl)acrylonitrile), GDCS, is reported, which forms a hexagonal columnar liquid crystal (LC) phase at room temperature (RT). GDCS molecules self-assemble into supramolecular disks consisting of a pair of molecules in a side-by-side disposition assisted by secondary bonding interactions of the lateral polar cyano group, which, in turn, constitute the hexagonal columnar LC structure. GDCS shows very intense green/yellow fluorescence in liquid/solid crystalline states, respectively, in contrast to the total absence of fluorescence emission in the isotropic melt state according to the characteristic aggregation-induced enhanced emission (AIEE) behavior. The AIEE and two-color luminescence thermochromism of GDCS are attributed to the peculiar intra- and intermolecular interactions of dipolar cyanostilbene units. It was found that the intramolecular planarization and restricted molecular motion associated with a specific stacking situation in the liquid/solid crystalline phases are responsible for the AIEE phenomenon. The origin of the two-color luminescence was elucidated to be due to the interdisk stacking alteration in a given column driven by the specific local dipole coupling between molecular disks. These stacking changes, in turn, resulted in the different degree of excited-state dimeric coupling to give different emission colors. To understand the complicated photophysical properties of GDCS, temperature-dependent steady-state and time-resolved PL measurements have been comprehensively carried out. Uniaxially aligned and highly fluorescent LC and crystalline microwires of GDCS are fabricated by using the micromolding in capillaries (MIMIC) method. Significantly enhanced electrical conductivity (0.8 ×10 -5 S·cm -1/3.9 ×10 -5 S·cm -1) of the aligned LC/crystal microwires were obtained over that of multi-domain LC sample, because of the almost perfect shear alignment of the LC material achieved in the MIMIC mold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-69
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 11


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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