Electric-Field Modulation of Component Exchange in Constitutional Dynamic Liquid Crystals


  • We thank Dr. Jean-Louis Schmitt for checking the experimental results. We are grateful to Dr. Daniel Guillon, Dr. Jacques Malthête, and Dr. Jacques Prost for their constructive remarks on the manuscript.


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Playing the field: Application of an electric field to the thermodynamic equilibria of constitutionally dynamic sets of imines and amines that contain an imine with liquid-crystalline properties and a negative dielectric anisotropy leads to the amplification of the constituent that couples most strongly to the electric field, namely the liquid crystal (LC, see example). The field can thus induce a liquid to nematic phase transition.