Poly(propyLeneimine)-based Liquid crystalline dendrimers (PPILCDs) with a r
elatively flexible dendritic scaffold were successfully prepared by the Mic
hael addition reaction of poly(propyleneimine)s with omega-(4'-cyanobipheny
loxy)alkyl acrylate (1). The structures of PPILCDs were characterized by IR
spectroscopy, H-1 NMR spectroscopy, and MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy. PPILC
Ds exhibit smectic liquid crystalline natures between -7 and +89 degrees C.
The temperature range of the smectic phases expanded with increases in the
generation of the dendritic core and the length of flexible spacers. The h
omeotropic orientation was allowed to take place in PPILCD with the second-
generation scaffold, when it was slowly cooled.