Alkali-metal salts of aromatic carboxylic acids: Liquid crystals without flexible chains

R. Van Deun, J. Ramaekers, Peter Nockemann, K. Van Hecke, L. Van Meervelt, K. Binnemans

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The alkali-metal salts of meta-substituted benzoic acids exhibit a smectic A mesophase at high temperatures. These compounds are examples of liquid crystals without terminal alkyl chains. The influence of the metal ion and of the type of substituents on the transition temperatures is discussed. Compounds with the substituent in the ortho- and para-positions are non-mesomorphic. The crystal structures of the compounds Rb(C7H4ClO2)(C7H4ClO2H), Na(C7H4IO2)(H2O), K(C7H4ClO2)(C7H4ClO2H) and Rb(C7H4BrO2)(C7H4BrO2H) have been determined by X-ray crystallography. These compounds possess a layerlike structure in the solid state. ((C) Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 69451 Weinheim, Germany, 2005)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-571
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 04 Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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