Stable blue phase polymeric Langmuir-Schaefer films based on unsymmetrical hydroxyalkadiynyl N-arylcarbamate derivatives

Alexander Alekseev, Petri Ihalainen, Artem Ivanov, Ivan Domnin, Emil Rosqvist, Helge Lemmetyinen, Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, Jouko Peltonen, Sergey Vyaz'min

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Unsymmetrical diynes containing N-arylcarbamate groups in the hydrophobic part and hydroxymethylene groups in the hydrophilic part of the molecules were synthesized and studied. The Langmuir monolayer formation process was followed by Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). The Langmuir-Schaefer monolayer films, transferred on solid substrates (quartz or Si), were investigated by absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Four substances had 2 methylene groups in the hydrophilic part of the molecule (n) and 4 or 5 of these groups in the hydrophobic part (m). At the same time the aryl substituent had a hydrogen atom or a MeO group in the p-position of the benzene ring. After 20 min of UV irradiation the initially colorless monomeric films of all four compounds turned into stable blue phase polymeric films. The blue phase is unusual for alcoholic diacetylene derivatives. The BAM and AFM measurements demonstrated higher homogeneity of the films with a MeO group in the aryl substituent in comparison to the molecules with a hydrogen atom. The reasons for these different structural organizations as well as potential applications of stable blue phase polydiacetylene thin films are discussed.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)108–118
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Langmuir-Schaefer Film
  • Photopolymerization
  • Blue phase polydiacetylenes
  • Brewster angle microscopy

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