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Tonatiuh García, Leticia Larios-López, Rosa Julia Rodríguez-González, Dr. José Román Torres-Lubián and Dr. Dámaso Navarro-Rodríguez Azo Monomers Exhibiting Low Layer Shrinkage at the SmA–SmC Transition and trans–cis Light-Induced Isomerization ChemPhysChem 13

Article first published online: 25 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201200585

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Liquid assets: Methacrylic monomers bearing a long azo chromophore core (see picture) show low layer shrinkage at the smectic A to smectic C transition. This unexpected de Vries-like behavior in molecules without highly segregating elements is attractive for applications in optical devices. These monomers also show high cis-isomer contents (>96 %) after photoirradiation.

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