Induction of Liquid Crystallinity by Self-Assembled Molecular Boxes

A. Piermattei, M. Giesbers, A.T.M. Marcelis, E. Mendes, S.J. Picken, M. Crego-Calama, D.N. Reinhoudt

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In a hierarchical process, three molecules of a calix[4]arene (blue) and six of barbituric or cyanuric acid (green) assemble into double-rosette boxes, which assemble into columns, which in turn assemble into columnar liquid-crystalline phases (see picture). The resulting mesophases have a remarkable thermal stability and a high degree of order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7543-7546
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • hydrogen-bonded nanostructures
  • supramolecular chirality
  • organization
  • derivatives
  • rosettes
  • lattice


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