Advanced Functional Materials
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Liquid-Crystalline Nanostructures: π-Conjugated Oligothiophene-Based Polycatenar Liquid Crystals: Self-Organization and Photoconductive, Luminescent, and Redox Properties (Adv. Funct. Mater. 3/2009)
Polycatenar π-conjugated oligothiophenes tethering multiple flexible chains can be used as electro-, photo-, and redox-active materials, as reported by Takashi Kato, Takuma Yasuda, and co-workers on page 411. Various functional liquid-crystalline assemblies including smectic, columnar, and micellar cubic nanostructures can be constructed by polycatenar oligothiophenes. This simple and versatile design strategy would be useful for further development of new functional π-conjugated materials.