Crystal structures of hydrogen-bonded co-crystals as liquid crystal precursors: 4-(n-pentyloxy)benzoic acid-(E)-1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethene (2/1) and 4-(n-hexyloxy)benzoic acid-(E)-1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethene (2/1)

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The crystal structures of title hydrogen-bonded co-crystals, 2C12H16O3 C12H10N2, (I), and 2C13H18O3 C12H10N2, (II), have been determined at 93K. In (I), the asymmetric unit consists of one 4-(n-pentyloxy)benzoic acid molecule and one half-molecule of (E)-1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethene, which lies about an inversion centre. The asymmetric unit of (II) comprises two crystallographically independent 4-(n-hexyloxy)benzoic acid molecules and one 1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethene molecule. In each crystal, the acid and base components are linked by O - H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming a linear hydrogen-bonded 2:1 unit of the acid and the base. The 2:1 units are linked via C - H⋯π and π-π interactions [centroid-centroid distances of 3.661(2) and 3.909(2)Å for (I), and 3.546(2)-3.725(4)Å for (II)], forming column structures. In (II), the base molecule is orientationally disordered over two sets of sites approximately around the N⋯N molecular axis, with an occupancy ratio of 0.647(4):0.353(4), and the average structure of the 2:1 unit adopts nearly pseudo-C 2 symmetry. Both compounds show liquid-crystal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1771-1775
Number of pages5
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • (E)-1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethene
  • 4-(n-hexyloxy)benzoic acid hydrogen-bonded liquid crystal
  • 4-(n-pentyloxy)benzoic acid
  • crystal structure

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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