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Mesomorphic and luminescent properties of side chain nematic liquid-crystalline polymers containing Ir(III)

Mesomorphic and luminescent properties of side chain nematic liquid-crystalline polymers containing Ir(III)
Bing Yao, Yue-Hua Cong, Bao-Yan Zhang, Le-Ping Song

Iridium-containing liquid-crystalline polymers were obtained by graft copolymerisation using poly(methylhydrogeno)siloxane, 1-methyl-4-(4-(4-vinylcyclohexyl)cyclohexyl)benzene (M1) and an iridium complexes monomer (Ir-M2). The series of polymers contained different molecular fractions of Ir-M2 from 0% to 1.2%. All of these polymers showed mesomorphic behaviours. The introduction of small amount of iridium ions endowed liquid-crystalline polymers with luminescent properties. The chemical structures were characterised by IR and 1H NMR. The mesomorphic properties and phase behaviour were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, polarising optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. With an increase of iridium complexes units in the polymers, the glass transition temperature (Tg) did not change significantly; the isotropic temperature (Ti) decreased. All polymers showed typical nematic marble textures, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The temperatures at which 5% weight loss occurred (Td) were greater than 300°C for the polymers. The introduction of iridium complexes units did not change the liquid-crystalline state of polymer systems. With Ir3+ ion contents ranging between 0.6 and 2.4 mol%, luminescent intensity of polymers gradually increased.

Publisher URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02678292.2017.1336799

DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2017.1336799

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