The journal of physical chemistry. B

Dynamics of discotic fluoroalkylated triphenylene molecules studied by proton NMR relaxometry.

PMID 22352959


The Larmor frequency and temperature dependence of the proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation time was measured in the isotropic and columnar phases of both chain-end fluorinated triphenylene disk-like and fully hydrogenated molecules. In the columnar phase, the results are interpreted in terms of the collective motions, due to the deformations of the columns, and individual molecular translational self-diffusion displacements and rotations/reorientacions. In the isotropic phase, local molecular motions and order fluctuations as a pretransitional effect were considered. The activation energies of the molecular motions of the partially fluorinated molecule were found to be higher than those corresponding to the hydrocarbon homologue. Our findings show a clear difference in the relaxation dispersion between the two liquid crystals homologues. In particular it is observed that the columnar undulations have a much stronger contribution to the relaxation rate in the low frequency regime in the case of the fully hydrogenated triphenylene. The effect of fluorination of the pheripheral chain enhances the columnar mesophase's stability.