In this work, we report a detailed investigation on both the conformational and the orientational ordering properties of a ferroelectric liquid crystal mesogen, namely, M10/**, through the combination of high resolution solid state (13)C NMR and density functional theory (DFT) computational methods. The trends of the observed (13)C chemical shift in the blue, cholesteric, and ferroelectric SmC* phases of M10/** were analyzed in terms of conformational changes occurring in the flexible parts of the molecule. In particular, we focused on the aliphatic alpha methylenoxy carbons because of their high sensitivity to mesophase environment, as evidenced by experimental DC chemical shift anisotropy (CSA). DFT computation of the chemical shift tensors as a function of geometrical parameters, such as dihedral angles, put in evidence significant changes in the average conformation at the mesophase transitions. The conformations predicted by DFT have been validated by comparing the calculated (13)C chemical shifts with those experimentally observed for the alkoxylic carbons, whose relative orientation plays a key role in establishing the overall conformation of the molecule in each liquid crystalline phase. Furthermore, the orientational order parameters of the relevant flexible fragments were calculated and found to be in good agreement with those characterizing similar systems, thus validating our approach.
|Autori interni:||DOMENICI, VALENTINA|
|Autori:||DOMENICI V; MARINI A|
|Titolo:||Conformational Changes at Mesophase Transitions in a Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal by Comparative DFT Computational and 13C NMR Study|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp105095m|
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