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Phase behavior and photooptical properties of liquid crystalline functionalized copolymers with low-molecular-mass dopants stabilized by hydrogen bonds

: Medvedev, A.V.; Barmatov, E.B.; Medvedev, A.S.; Shibaev, V.P.; Ivanov, S.A.; Kozlovsky, M.; Stumpe, J.


Macromolecules 38 (2005), No.6, pp.2223-2229
ISSN: 0024-9297
ISSN: 1520-5835
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()

The approach of deriving new photooptically active polymeric substances by hydrogen bonding between functionalized liquid crystalline (LC) copolymers and low-molecular-mass dopants, containing photochromic azobenzene fragments, is described. The formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds between carboxylic groups of functionalized LC copolymers and the pyridine fragment of the dopant leads to stable, nonseparating mixtures in a broad interval of contents (up to 30 mol % dopant molecules). The phase behavior and structure of photochromic mixtures are investigated. Induction of a nematic mesophase is observed in the case of a smectic polymer matrix doped with low-molar-mass photochromic dyes.