A new series of mesomorphic complexes formed through intermolecular hydrogen bonding between p-n-alkoxybenzoic acids (where alkoxy denotes chains from propoxy- to decyloxy- and dodecyloxy-) and non-mesogenic p-hydroxybutyl benzoate, have been synthesized and characterized by thermal microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy (IR) and 1H NMR studies. A detailed IR spectral investigation in the solid state and in solution suggests that the acid and phenol groups are complementary to each other, each acting as both proton donor and proton acceptor. The results of comparative thermal analyses of both free p-n-alkoxybenzoic acids and H-bonded complexes exhibited an induced crystal smectic G phase in the complexes throughout the series, its thermal range increasing with alkoxy carbon number.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics