The self-contained properties of discotic liquid crystals (DLCs) render them powerful functional materials for many semiconducting device applications and models for energy and charge migration in self-organized dynamic functional soft materials. The past three decades have seen tremendous interest in this area, fueled primarily by the possibility of creating a new generation of organic semiconductors and wide viewing displays using DLCs. While a number of books on classical calamitic liquid crystals are available, there are, as yet, no books that are dedicated exclusively to the basic design principles, synthesis, and physical properties of DLCs.
The first reference book to cover DLCs, Chemistry of Discotic Liquid Crystals: From Monomers to Polymers highlights the chemistry and thermal behavior of DLCs. Divided into six chapters, each with a general description, background, and context for the concepts involved, the book begins with a basic introduction to liquid crystals, describing molecular self-assembly and various types of liquid crystals. It outlines their classification, covers their history and general applications, and focuses on DLCs and their discovery, structure, characterization, and alignment.
The book goes on to examine the chemistry and physical properties of various monomeric DLCs, including 25 sections describing the synthesis and mesomorphic properties of monomeric DLCs formed by different cores. The bulk of the book covers the chemistry and mesomorphism of discotic dimers, oligomers, and polymers and concludes with a look at some applicable properties of DLCs.
A comprehensive and up-to-date resource, this book is designed to be accessible and of value not just for students and researchers but also to the directors and principal investigators working in this field, providing the foundation and fuel to advance this fast-growing technological field.
Table of Contents
Self-Organization of Molecules and Liquid Crystals
Brief History of Liquid Crystals
Classification of Liquid Crystals
Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Thermotropic Liquid Crystals
Calamitic Liquid Crystals
Bent-Core Liquid Crystals
Discotic Liquid Crystals
Structure of the Nematic Phases of Discotic Mesogens
Smectic Phases of Discotic Mesogens
Columnar Phases of Discotic Mesogens
Alignment of Discotic Liquid Crystals
Monomeric Discotic Liquid Crystals
Dibenzo[ fg,op]naphthacene Core
Miscellaneous Aromatic Cores
Miscellaneous Discotic Metallomesogens
Miscellaneous Heterocyclic Cores
Benzene-Based Discotic Dimers
Discotic Dimers Derived from Pyranose Sugars
Rufigallol-Based Discotic Dimers
Triphenylene-Based Discotic Dimers
Phthalocyanine-Based Discotic Dimers
Star-Shaped Discotic Heptamers
Benzene-Based Discotic Polymers
Alkynylbenzene-Based Discotic Polymers
Rufigallol-Based Main-Chain Discotic Polymers
Discotics for Wide Viewing Displays
Discotics for High-Quality Carbon Products
Discotic Liquid Crystals as Materials for a New Generation of Organic Electronics
Discotic Solar Cells
Discotic Liquid Crystals as Organic Light-Emitting Diode Materials
Discotic Field Effect Transistors
Featured Author Profiles
"Kumar's book will be a key resource and a "must buy" for all researchers involved in the synthesis and investigation of DLCs, because it combines information scattered over dozens of review articles in a single and concise volume. It will also aid those who cover DLCs in undergraduate and graduate courses by easing their search for key references on specific concepts of DLCs and discotic compounds."
—S. Holger Eichhorn, University of Windsor, in Journal of the American Chemical Society, April 2011