Lamellar columnar liquid-crystalline mesophases as a 2D platform for anhydrous proton conduction



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Cuerva de Alaíz, Cristián and Campo Santillana, José Antonio and Cano Esquivel, Mercedes and Schmidt, Rainer (2019) Lamellar columnar liquid-crystalline mesophases as a 2D platform for anhydrous proton conduction. Journal of materials chemistry C, 7 (33). pp. 10318-10330. ISSN 2050-7526

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Several series of dihalide Pd(II) compounds bearing pyridyl or isoquinolinylpyrazole ligands have been strategically designed and synthesised to exhibit columnar mesomorphism in wide stability ranges. The coordination of the pyrazoles to the fragments PdX_2 (X = Cl, Br, I) generates half-disc molecules that are capable of self-assembling into discotic dimers via intermolecular interactions. This disc-like shape is required for the supramolecular organisation of the lamellar columnar mesophases, which are formed at temperatures below 100 ºC in most cases. It was found that these metallomesogens behave as 2D proton conducting materials under anhydrous conditions. The high fluidity properties of the mesophase facilitate proton conduction as a result of the spontaneous dissociation of the acidic pyrazole proton at the melting temperature. For the first time, lamellar columnar mesophases are demonstrated to serve as a 2D platform to induce water-free proton conductivity in dihalide Pd(ii) metallomesogens.

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©2019 Royal Society of Chemistry
The authors thank the Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (project CTQ2015-63858-P (MINECO/FEDER)) for funding. C. Cuerva acknowledges the Universidad Complutense de Madrid for his predoctoral contract (Programa de Financiacion de Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Santander Universidades).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Ionic liquids; Performance; Complexes; Transport; Membranes; Polymer; Silica; Series; Mof
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:57283
Deposited On:18 Oct 2019 15:12
Last Modified:20 Sep 2020 23:01

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