The new chromophore molecules with nonlinear optical (NLO) properties were prepared by Knoevenagel condensation from diformyl calixarene and isophorone derivatives in the presence of piperidine and acetic acid, respectively. In these chromophore calixarenes, the ring-locked trienes were employed as the conjugation bridge and electron acceptor in D-'pi'-A units. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra indicate that the non-conjugated D-'pi'-A units can be oriented at nearly the same direction. Hyper-Rayleigh Scatting (HRS) measurements and ultraviolet (UV) spectra indicate that they have higher first hyperpolarizability 'beta' values than the corresponding reference compounds and are not accompanied with a large shift (>25 nm) of the absorption band to longer wavelengths.
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Chaozhi Zhang, Zhu Bai, Guoyuan Lu, Fang Liu, Changgui Lv, Xin Wang, Jing Zhu, and Yiping Cui, "Synthesis and NLO properties of chromophores with calix arene and ring-locked trienes," Chin. Opt. Lett. 3, S306-S307 (2005)