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A simple model for chromonic aggregation

Walker, M.; Wilson, M.R.

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M. Walker


A simple 2-dimensional model is introduced to study molecular stacking in planar-non-ionic chromonics. The model allows changes in aggregation, arising from changes in interaction regions within a chromonic molecule, to be quantified. Application of the model to a typical hydrophobic core – hydrophilic corona molecule, such as the triphenylene-based chromonic TP6EO2M, shows the energetically preferred stacking arrangement of molecules is dependent on the preferred inter-molecule separation and the relative sizes of the triphenylene core and poly(ethylene-glycol) corona. Further, we show a minimum aromatic core size is required to form chromonic phases, explaining why functionalised benzene rings do not form chromonic phases.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 6, 2015
Publication Date May 3, 2015
Deposit Date May 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2016
Journal Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Print ISSN 1542-1406
Electronic ISSN 1563-5287
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 612
Issue 1
Pages 117-125
Keywords Non-ionic chromonic, Theory.
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