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Single-Crystal Structures of Model Compounds for Poly(2,5-dialkoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene)

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posted on 28.07.1999, 00:00 by Ulf Stalmach, Dieter Schollmeyer, Herbert Meier
We report on the crystal structures of two alkoxy-substituted distyrylbenzene derivatives 4 and 5 which serve as model compounds for poly(1,4-phenylenevinylene)s and compare them to other known compounds 69 of similar structure. The obtained data are also related to two alkoxy-substituted stilbene derivatives 2 and 3 to recognize trends of torsion at the olefinic double bonds which are induced by substituents. Surprisingly, the direct impact of substituents on the torsion angles is negligible in comparison to crystal lattice effects. In contrast to quantum mechanical predictions, neither of the compounds 25 shows in the solid-state weak hydrogen bonding between the oxygen of the alkoxy side chains and the olefinic hydrogens.

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