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Gram-scale preparation of negative-type liquid crystals with a CF2CF2-carbocycle unit via an improved short-step synthetic protocol


Herein, we demonstrate an improved short-step protocol for the synthesis of multicyclic molecules having a CF2CF2-containing cyclohexadiene or cyclohexane framework in a mesogenic structure. These molecules are promising candidates for vertical alignment (VA)-mode liquid crystal (LC) display devices owing to their large negative dielectric constant. The tetrafluorinated multicyclic molecules were successfully obtained in only five or six reaction steps without the need for special handling techniques, as is generally required for thermally unstable organometallic species, representing a reduction of three reaction steps. The improved short-step synthetic protocol was also amenable to the multigram preparation of these promising molecules, which may contribute significantly to the development of novel negative-type LC molecules containing CF2CF2 carbocycles.

Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2018, 14, 148–154. doi:10.3762/bjoc.14.10

Authors:   Tatsuya Kumon; Shohei Hashishita; Takumi Kida; Shigeyuki Yamada; Takashi Ishihara; Tsutomu Konno
Journal:   Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Volume:   14
edition:   1
Year:   2018
Pages:   148
DOI:   10.3762/bjoc.14.10
Publication date:   15-Jan-2018
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