Inclusions between large flat organic molecules; the induction of columns and mesophases

Klaus Praefcke*, John D. Holbrey

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We describe here an overview on the formation of mesophases by the interaction between large flat aromatic cored molecules and relatively small organic electron acceptors which form stacked, sandwich-like columnar π-π electron donor-acceptor complexes. The inclusion of suitable donor and acceptor components may be used to induce columnar mesophases in mixtures of compounds which can be either mesomorphic or non-mesomorphic in the pure state. With judicious choice of donor and acceptor partners, induced mesophases of remarkable range and thermal stability can be prepared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-41
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition in Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Arenes
  • Electron donor-acceptor complexes
  • Heterocycles
  • Induction phenomena
  • Liquid crystals
  • Metallomesogens
  • Radial multiynes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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