Chemical processes in liquid crystal composite systems containing cholesteryl propionate

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An unusual depression of phase transitions was observed in a polymer composite system, when 4,4′-bis(2-methylpropenoyloxy)-biphenyl (BMB) was UV polymerised (initiated by benzoin methyl ether) in a cholesteryl propionate matrix. Our analysis indicates that different chemical processes take place simultaneously during the photo polymerisation. One is the polymerisation of BMB leading to the formation of a polymer network. Independently from this, cholesteryl propionate suffered some chemical changes and, as a main product, 7-hydroxy-cholesteryl propionate formed. This compound was isolated and its structure established by IR, NMR and MS spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1997
EventLiquid Crystals: Chemistry and Structure - Zakopane, Poland
Duration: Mar 3 1997Mar 8 1997



  • Gel dispersions
  • Liquid crystals
  • Photo-reactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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