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Nonlinear Optical Thin Film Device from a Chiral Octopolar Phenylacetylene Liquid Crystal

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posted on 07.12.2012, 00:00 by Laura de Vega, Stijn van Cleuvenbergen, Griet Depotter, Eva M. García-Frutos, Berta Gómez-Lor, Ana Omenat, Rosa M. Tejedor, José Luis Serrano, Gunther Hennrich, Koen Clays
A set of chiral discotic phenylacetylenes have been synthesized by 3-fold Sonogashira coupling between different ethynylbenzenes and triiodobenzenes. The resultant bulk materials are fully characterized by polarized optical microscopy (POM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and X-ray diffraction. The octopolar nature of the target compounds is studied by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy and hyper-Raleigh scattering in solution. Optimization of the donor–acceptor substitution yields both high hyperpolarizability values and appreciable mesomorphic properties. A simple thin film device for second harmonic generation has been prepared from the nitro-substituted liquid crystalline derivative.