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Olefin Cross-Metathesis: a Versatile Synthetic Reaction for the Design of Janus Liquid Crystals

Trinh, Thi Minh Nguyet ; Nguyen, Thanh Tung ; Kopp, Cyril ; Pieper, Pauline ; Russo, Virginie ; Heinrich, Benoît ; Donnio, Bertrand ; Nguyen, Thi Le Anh ; Deschenaux, Robert

In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2015, vol. 2015, no. 27, p. 6005-6010

The olefin cross-metathesis reaction using the second-generation Grubbs catalyst was employed to prepare non-symmetrical thermotropic liquid crystals from various mesomorphic or nonmesomorphic type I and type II olefinic constructs, including linear, chiral, dendritic and ferrocenyl olefins. Smectic C, smectic A and nematic phases, as well as chiral smectic A and chiral nematic phases were... Plus

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    Summary
    The olefin cross-metathesis reaction using the second-generation Grubbs catalyst was employed to prepare non-symmetrical thermotropic liquid crystals from various mesomorphic or nonmesomorphic type I and type II olefinic constructs, including linear, chiral, dendritic and ferrocenyl olefins. Smectic C, smectic A and nematic phases, as well as chiral smectic A and chiral nematic phases were observed in agreement with the structure and nature of the mesogens. The olefin cross-metathesis proved to be a valuable chemical reaction in designing dimeric and Janus-like thermotropic liquid crystals built from two different molecular entities.