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Record number 342281
Title Multiple glass transitions in the plastic crystal phase of triphenylene derivates
Author(s) Yildirim, Z.; Wubbenhorst, M.; Mendes, E.; Picken, S.J.; Paraschiv, I.; Marcelis, A.T.M.; Zuilhof, H.; Sudhölter, E.J.R.
Source Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 351 (2005)33-36. - ISSN 0022-3093 - p. 2622 - 2628.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2005.04.078
Department(s) Laboratory for Organic Chemistry
VLAG
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2005
Keyword(s) dielectric-relaxation spectroscopy - molecular-dynamics - liquid-crystal - nematic-columnar - separation - viscosity - polymers - mesogens - spectra - probes
Abstract The dynamics and phase behavior of the discotic liquid crystalline compound hexahexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and a derivative were studied by broad-band dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. While the pristine compound HAT6 forms both a columnar mesophase (Colh) and a plastic crystal phase, no liquid crystallinity was observed for the highly asymmetric compound HAT6-C10Br. This paper focuses on the dielectric relaxations in the plastic crystal phase. For HAT6-C10Br, a `high temperature¿ glass transition, manifested by a Vogel¿Fulcher¿Tammann (VFT) type ¿2-process, was found at ¿31 °C that was assigned to the columnar glass transition in accordance with previous literature. The main result of our study is the observation of a second, low-temperature VFT process (¿1) for both compounds, which indicates co-operative liquid dynamics within the framework of the plastic crystal order at temperatures as low as ¿100 °C. Comparison of these fast dynamics with relaxation data from polyethylene and polymer series with long alkyl groups identifies this process as a `hindered¿ polyethylene-like dynamic glass transition that originates from the nanophase-separated, spatially confined fraction of aliphatic tails.
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