Pyrrole and polypyrrole-based liquid crystals containing azobenzene mesogenic groups

Yu Chen, William T.A. Harrison, Corrie T. Imrie, Karl S. Ryder*

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Here we discuss the thermotropic and electrochemical properties and polymerisation of a series of N-substituted pyrrole monomers bearing mesogenic 4-substituted azobenzene attached as a pendant group via alkyl spacers. We discuss the effect upon these molecular properties of chain length and substitution of the azobenzene moiety with methoxy, cyano and nitro terminal groups. Additionally we present here the first crystal structure determination and analysis of two N-alkylpyrroles bearing mesogenic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-585
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2002


  • Azobenzene
  • Liquid crystal
  • Mesogen
  • Polypyrrole


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