What a core-ker! By the appropriate combination of promesogenic bent-core structures and the C60 unit, lamellar polar liquid-crystal phases were induced (see scheme). The supramolecular organization of the functional fullerene-based assemblies, the temperature range of the soft phase, the stabilization of the mesophase-like order at room temperature, and the molecular switching under an electric field can be tuned, depending on the molecular structure
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