Combined main-chain/side-chain ionic liquid crystalline polymer based on ‘jacketing’ effect: Design, synthesis, supra-molecular self-assembly and photophysical properties

L. Weng, H. L. Xie, C. G. Arges, J. Tang, G. Q. Zhong, H. L. Zhang, E. Q. Chen

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Reasonably fabricating ordered structures of ionic polymers is very important for the development of novel functional materials. By combining the ions and liquid cry stalline polymer, we successfully designed and synthesized a series of novel combined main-chain/side-chain ionic liquid crystalline polymer (MCSC-ILCPs) containing imidazolium groups and different counter-anions, poly (2,5-bis{[6-(4-butoxy-4’-imidazolium biphenyl)hexyl]oxycarbonyl}styrene salts) poly(BImBHCS-X) with the following types of counter-anions (Br̄, BF4̄, PF6̄ and TFSĪ). Combined technologies confirmed the chemical structures of the monomers and polymers with imidazolium cation and different counter-anions. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized light microscopy (PLM) and one- and two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction (1D and 2D WAXD) results illustrated that the LC structures and the transitions of ordered structures depended on the nature of the counter-anion employed. The polymers with Br̄ and BF4̄ counter-anions exhibited smectic A (SmA) LC behavior below the isotropic temperature. The another one, poly(BImBHCS–TFSI) with the large volume of the TFSI anion destroyed the packing of the LC ordered structure resulting in an amorphous structure. The photophysical properties of the polymers prepared can be adjusted by tuning the ionic interaction of the polymers by switching the counter-anion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-553
Number of pages18
JournalExpress Polymer Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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