Exploratory Synthesis and Characterization of Various Metallotropic Liquid-Crystalline Halides

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Authors
Monks, Brendan M.
Green, Cain S.
Bachman, Robert
Issue Date
2008-04-17
Type
Presentation
Keywords
liquid crystals , crystal metal halides
Abstract
Metallotropic liquid crystals represent a new class of exceptionally metal-rich ordered fluid materials. Building on earlier work of the Martin group we explored many different synthesis techniques for liquid crystal metal halides incorporating the following transition metals Mn, Co, and Ni. In addition to this we compared each of the complexes' molecular geometry and their similarities to each other. We went about this through the use of magnetic data, x-ray diffraction, and single crystal x-ray. Finally, we have proposed future research venues that can be undertaken, as well as the possible implications of our findings.
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