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Coumarin-based emissive liquid crystals

: Buchs, J.; Gäbler, M.; Janietz, D.; Sawade, H.


Liquid crystals 41 (2014), No.11, pp.1605-1618
ISSN: 0267-8292
ISSN: 1366-5855
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()

Calamitic luminophores are presented based on an elongated aryl-substituted coumarin core. The substitution pattern at terminal and lateral positions were systematically modified. The new compounds exhibit smectic C and/or nematic liquid crystalline phases. The chromophores show fluorescence in the blue spectral region. The benzopyranones are miscible with acrylate-substituted reactive nematic mesogens. Uniaxial orientation of the mixed systems was achieved by surface-assisted alignment on polyimide orientation layers. The film anisotropy was stabilised by subsequent photocrosslinking. The crosslinked oriented films display linear polarised photoluminescence upon isotropic excitation.