Spontaneous enantiomeric resolution in a fluid smectic phase of a racemate

Yoichi Takanishi, Hideo Takezoe, Yoshiichi Suzuki, Ichiro Kobayashi, Tomoko Yajima, Masahiro Terada, Koichi Mikami

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Right- and left-handed homochiral domains segregate in a fluid smectic phase of the racemic (R*,S*)-β-Me-TFMHPOBC analogue shown. This CF3- containing liquid crystalline compound exhibits an electrooptic response in a homogeneous cell, although no macroscopic dipole is expected to exist. Moreover, the homeotropic cells of this material exhibit striped domains, which are associated with fine stripes having two opposite tilt senses with respect to the predominant stripes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2353-2356
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug 12
Externally publishedYes


  • Enantiomeric resolution
  • Liquid crystals
  • Molecular recognition
  • Phase transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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