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Keywords:

  • electron acceptors;
  • liquid crystals;
  • phosphorus heterocycles;
  • self-assembly
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A push in the right direction: An electron-accepting organophosphorus system has been combined with self-assembly features to create a strongly electron-accepting liquid-crystalline material (see picture). The stability and behavior of the self-assembled liquid crystal could be controlled by adjusting weak intermolecular forces, such as hydrogen bonding and π–π interactions.