[en] Liquid-crystals (LC) may exist in different phases depending upon the orientational and positional orders of molecules in the material. Here, we demonstrate that the class of LC state induced by amphiphilic carbohydrate bicatenary derivatives is strictly a hydroxyl group stereochemistry-dependent. This statement results from the experimental and theoretical investigations of surface film (2D) and bulk solid (3D) thermal behavior of synthetic stereoisomers n-tetradecyl (-D-n-tetradecyl) galacto- and gluco-pyranosiduronate, with an axial (GalA-C14/14) or equatorial (GlcA-C14/14) hydroxyl group at the fourth carbon, respectively. Surface pressure-area isotherms (283 K to 310 K), differential scanning calorimetry thermograms (223 K to 573 K), and polarized optical textures (298-363 K) reveal that GlcA-C14/14 organizes as a smectic LC-like phase (positional or lateral order) whereas the analogous stereoisomeric GalA-C14/14 behaves as a nematic LC-like phase (orientational order). Thermodynamic investigations and molecular dynamics models computed under similar temperature conditions provide consistent data with physical properties resulting from experimental approaches.
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