Vacuum-deposited submonolayer thin films of a three-ring bent-core compound
Tang, YH; Wang, Y; Wang, G; Wang, HB; Wang, LX; Yan, DH
AbstractSubmonolayer thin films of a three-ring bent-core (that is, banana-shaped) compound, m-bis(4-n-octyloxystyryl)benzene (m-OSB), were prepared by the vacuum-deposition method, and their morphologies, structures, and phase behavior were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The films have island shapes ranging from compact elliptic or circular patterns at low temperatures (below 40 degreesC) to branched patterns at high temperatures (above 60 degreesC). This shape evolution is contrary to the prediction based on the traditional diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) theory. AFM observations revealed that two different mechanisms governed the film growth, in which the compact islands were formed via a dewetting-like behavior, while the branched islands diffusion-mediated. It is suggested m-OSB forms a two-dimensional, liquid crystal at the low-temperature substrate that is responsible for the unusual formation of compact islands. All of the monolayer islands are unstable and apt to transform to slender bilayer crystals at room temperature. This phase transition results from the peculiar molecular shape and packing of the bent-core molecules and is interpreted as escaping from macroscopic net polarization by the formation of an antiferroelectric alignment.
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Corresponding AuthorYan, DH
AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Changchun Inst Appl Chem, State Key Lab Polymer Phys & Chem, Changchun 130022, Peoples R China
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Tang, YH,Wang, Y,Wang, G,et al. Vacuum-deposited submonolayer thin films of a three-ring bent-core compound[J]. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B,2004,108(34):12921-12926.
APA Tang, YH,Wang, Y,Wang, G,Wang, HB,Wang, LX,&Yan, DH.(2004).Vacuum-deposited submonolayer thin films of a three-ring bent-core compound.JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B,108(34),12921-12926.
MLA Tang, YH,et al."Vacuum-deposited submonolayer thin films of a three-ring bent-core compound".JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 108.34(2004):12921-12926.
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