Recent studies based on NMR spectroscopy put in evidence the occurrence of a slow motion regime in bent-shaped liquid crystals having the aromatic core formed by five phenyl rings linked by ester groups both in the isotropic and in the nematic phases. In this paper a brief overview of these NMR studies is presented and additional new relaxation data recorded on a banana-shaped mesogen are reported and discussed. In particular, proton spin-lattice relaxation times, T(1), were acquired at different Larmor frequencies from 8 MHz to 5 kHz by means of NMR relaxometry in a wide range of temperatures from the isotropic to the crystalline phases. These data confirm that NMR relaxation in bent-core liquid crystals is affected by much slower dynamics than that observed in common rod-like liquid crystals and that overall molecular reorientations are responsible of this slow motion regime. This finding is discussed in the frame of the results obtained by means of several NMR methods, such as (2)H NMR T(2) analysis and (1)H self-diffusion NMR measurements, on the same bent-core molecule.

Molecular motions of banana-shaped liquid crystals by means of NMR spectroscopy

DOMENICI, VALENTINA;VERACINI, CARLO ALBERTO
2008

Abstract

Recent studies based on NMR spectroscopy put in evidence the occurrence of a slow motion regime in bent-shaped liquid crystals having the aromatic core formed by five phenyl rings linked by ester groups both in the isotropic and in the nematic phases. In this paper a brief overview of these NMR studies is presented and additional new relaxation data recorded on a banana-shaped mesogen are reported and discussed. In particular, proton spin-lattice relaxation times, T(1), were acquired at different Larmor frequencies from 8 MHz to 5 kHz by means of NMR relaxometry in a wide range of temperatures from the isotropic to the crystalline phases. These data confirm that NMR relaxation in bent-core liquid crystals is affected by much slower dynamics than that observed in common rod-like liquid crystals and that overall molecular reorientations are responsible of this slow motion regime. This finding is discussed in the frame of the results obtained by means of several NMR methods, such as (2)H NMR T(2) analysis and (1)H self-diffusion NMR measurements, on the same bent-core molecule.
Domenici, Valentina; T., Apih; Veracini, CARLO ALBERTO
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