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Keywords:

  • small-angle X-ray scattering;
  • grazing incidence..

A small/wide-angle X-ray scattering and grazing incidence diffraction study of comb-shaped supramolecules of conjugated poly(2,5-pyridinediyl), acid dopant and hydrogen bonded amphiphilic side chains is reported. In solution, polymers are dissolved rodlike particles. When the side-chains are introduced, polymers self-assemble in hierarchic liquid crystals (LC). Diffraction patterns of aligned LC show h00, 020, and 004 reflections, and additional small-angle reflections along the polymer axis. A triangular correlation function indicating a very large correlation length is seen along the smectic axis. An aligned solid structure can be formed by cleaving side chains from the aligned LC.