Board-like dibenzo[fg,op]naphthacenes: synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, and liquid crystallinity

Jian He, Dena M. Agra-Kooijman, Gautam Singh, Chen Wang, Cherrelle Dugger, Jianbo Zeng, Ling Zang, Satyendra Kumar, and C. Scott Hartley*
J. Mater. Chem. C 2013, 15, 6714–6722
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We report the synthesis and characterization of a series of board-like (“sanidic”) compounds with dibenzo[fg,op]naphthacene cores. The compounds exhibit good self-assembly into one-dimensional belt-like structures, and also smectic liquid crystal phases typical of rod-like molecules, but with important differences ascribed to their board-like shapes.