Synthesis of organic liquid crystal containing selectively fluorinated cyclopropanes

Zeguo Fang, Nawaf Al-Maharik, Peer Kirsch, Matthias Bremer, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, David O'Hagan

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This paper describes the synthesis of a series of organic liquid crystals (LC) containing selectively fluorinated cyclopropanes at their termini. The syntheses used difluorocarbene additions to olefin precursors, an approach which proved straightforward such that these liquid crystal candidates could be efficiently prepared. Their physical and thermodynamic properties were evaluated and depending on individual structures, they either displayed positive or negative dielectric anisotropy. The study gives some guidance into effective structure property relationships for the design of LCs containing selectively fluorinated cyclopropane motifs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-680
JournalBeilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2020


  • Organic liquid crystals
  • Selectively fluorinated cyclopropanes
  • Difluorocarbene
  • Dielectric anisotropy


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