Synthesis of polymers from chiral monomers in chiral liquid crystals

Satoshi Ohkawa, Fan Yang, Kohsuke Kawabata, Hiromasa Goto

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Polymer prepared from a monomer ((S)-configuration at stereogenic center) in a cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) medium consisting of chiral molecules in (R)-configuration, a three-dimensional (3D) chiral continuum, exhibits intense Cotton effect compared to polymer prepared in the CLC with (S)-configuration. This result can be explained by intermolecular interaction between the monomer and the CLC medium in the polymerization process. The intramolecular twisted structure along the polymer chain (secondary structure) and the helical aggregation between the polymer chains (intermolecular structure and tertiary structure) induced by the liquid crystal medium as 3D chiral continuum are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3586-3591
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Copolymers
  • Liquid crystals
  • Optical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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