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The long-known class of compounds called naphthalene diimides (NDI), bearing alkyl substituents on the imide nitrogen atoms, have been widely used as active materials in thin film devices with interesting optical, sensing and electrical applications. Less is known about their rich crystal chemical behaviour, which comprises numerous polymorphic transitions, and the appearance of elusive liquid crystalline phases. It is this behaviour which determines the response of the devices based on them. Here we fully characterized, by combining differential scanning calorimetry, powder and thin film diffraction and optical microscopy techniques, two newly synthesized NDI materials bearing n-octyl and n-decyl side-chains, as well as lighter analogues, of known room temperature crystal structures. In search for a rationale of their physico-chemical properties, phase stability and thermally induced solid-state transition …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2020

Silvia Milita, Fabiola Liscio, Lewis Cowen, Massimiliano Cavallini, Ben A Drain, Thibault Degousée, Sally Luong, Oliver Fenwick, Antonietta Guagliardi, Bob C Schroeder, Norberto Masciocchi

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Volume: 8 Issue: 9 Pages: 3097-3112
Journal of Materials Chemistry C