Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, Vol.516, 122-131, 2010
Synthesis and Physical Properties of Ferrocene Derivatives (XXIII): Phase Transition and Unique Molecular Structure of Monosubstituted Ferrocene Derivatives
The monosubstituted ferrocene derivatives, omega-[4-(4-methoxyphenoxycarbonyl) phenoxy]alkoxycarbonyl ferrocene, were synthesized in order to compare the liquid crystallinity to that of disubstituted ferrocene derivatives, 1,1'-bis[omega-[4-(4-methoxyphenoxycarbonyl) phenoxy] alkoxycarbonyl] ferrocene. Some of the monosubstituted ferrocene derivatives containing relatively longer flexible spacer showed the liquid crystalline phase, nematic and/or smectic phases. The crystal structure of 2-[4-(4-methoxyphenoxycarbonyl) phenoxy] ethoxycarbonyl ferrocene was determined by X-ray diffraction method using a single crystal. The molecular structure revealed a bent structure that is almost a half of "Z'' shaped molecular structure of 1,1'-bis[2-[4-(4-methoxyphenoxycarbonyl)phenoxy]ethoxycarbonyl]ferrocene.