of thiophenes containing mesogenic side chains at the 3rd
position are synthesized. The thermal transitions and thermal stability of
the synthesized monomers and polymers are studied. The polarizing microscopic
studies of synthesized monomers showed nematic liquid crystalline phase and
these mesophases further confirmed by differential scanning calorimetric study.
The obtained melting and the isotropic temperatures decrease linearly with
the increase of aliphatic chain length. The transition temperatures determined
from DSC analysis, overlap well with the temperatures obtained from optical
microscopy studies. Thermal stability of the compounds is analysed using thermogravimetric
studies. Thermal stability of monomers and polymers has been determined by
calculating IPDT values. Structural influence on thermal degradation patterns
of monomers and polymers are also discussed.