Mesophase Behaviour of a Cyanobiphenyl Molecule in Polar Aprotic Solvent: Rigidity Effect


In this paper, a theoretical study has been carried out on a liquid crystal compound named p-n-propyl cyanobiphenyl (3CB). The different modes of interaction energy values in a polar aprotic solvent (ethyl acetate) for small amount of translation and rotation are calculated. The corresponding probabilities have been calculated at both room temperature (300 K) and transition temperature (303.3 K). The rigidity parameter for stacking and in-plane interactions has been estimated and then the stability of molecule according to probability and rigidity at definite translation and rotation has been concluded. The change in the characteristics and stability of the compound at transition temperature has been observed. The dependence of mesophase behaviour with change in the certain configurations and orientation of the molecules have been discussed. These observed results provide an insight about the process of mesophase structure and its formation. The present compound may guide in establishing the other molecular models with transition temperature nearer to room temperature.