Novel alkyloxyphenyl-substituted β,δ-triketonate difluoroboron complexes have been efficiently synthesised and thoroughly characterised. Significant features such as liquid crystal behaviour and solid and solution fluorescence are observed in all cases. The mesomorphism was determined by the presence of one, two or three alkyl chains in each substituent aromatic group of the triketonate ligand. So, smectic C mesophases were found for compounds carrying two lateral chains, each of them located at one of each phenyl substituent, while the presence of four or six chains at the whole molecule gave rise to smectic A or discotic lamellar and hexagonal columnar mesophases, respectively. Fluorescence in the solid state and in solution is again proved to be dependent on the ligand substitution as well as to be maintained in the mesophase. These multifunctional materials also present luminescent sensor activity towards Hg2+ and Cu2+.
- Bifunctional materials
- Difluoro(triketonate)boron compounds
- Liquid crystals
- Molecular design
- Triketonate ligands