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Self-Assembly of Liquid Crystal Semiconductor Molecules at the Air/Water Interface

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Autori: Sui, G.; Orbulescu, J.; Mabrouki, M.; Micic, M.; Leblanc, R. M.; Liu, S.; Cormier, R. A.; Gregg, B. A.

Editorial: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 106 (36), p.9335-9340, 2002.


Self-assembly property of a new liquid crystalline perylene diimide derivative, N,N’-bis[3-[2-[2-[2-(2-cyanoethoxy)ethoxy]ethoxy]ethoxy]-propyl]perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxyldiimide (PPE4CN), was studied at the air/water interface by epifluorescence microscopy and on mica by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The self-assembly process started at surface pressure 5 mN/m. Molecular orientation changes of the PPE4CN molecules accompanied the self-assembly process at the air/water interface. It was found that the molecular orientation changed from face-on to edge-on orientation in the self-assembly process. These orientation changes were strongly supported by the analysis of the surface pressure-area isotherms, and by the topographic measurements at micro and nanoscale levels, including ESEM and AFM microscopies.

Cuvinte cheie: liquid crystals, self-assembly, Langmuir films