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Discotic Mesophases of the Hexakis(alkylsulfono)benzene Series: Characterization by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Optical Microscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Praefcke, K.; Poules, W.; Scheuble, B.; Poupko, R.; Luz, Z.

FG Organische Chemie

Members of the Hexakis(alkylsulfono)benzene series 4, containing 7 to 15 carbon atoms per alkyl chain (4 c-k), exhibit one and possibly several liquid crystalline discotic mesophases. The mesophases are uniaxial and most probably have a columnar structure. Their anisotropic magnetic susceptibility is negative and in sufficiently strong magnetic fields they align with the director perpendicular to the field direction. Deuterium NMR spectra of C6D6 dissolved in the mesophases exhibit quadrupolar splittings which are strongly temperature dependent. In analogy with the conventional discotics this suggests the presence of multiple solvation sites for solute molecules.