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Photoinduced chiral nematic organization in an achiral glassy nematic azopolymer

AutorTejedor, Rosa M.; Oriol, Luis; Serrano, José Luis
Palabras claveChiral materials
Homopolymers
Liquid crystals
Stimuli-responsive materials
Fecha de publicación31-oct-2007
EditorWiley-VCH
CitaciónAdvanced Functional Materials 17(17): 3486-3492 (2007)
ResumenA liquid crystalline homopolymer that has photoisomerizable methoxyazobenzene groups in the side chain has been synthesized and characterized. Thin films of the nematic glassy phase of this polymer have been processed in order to study the absorption spectra and the vibrational and electronic circular dichroism responses by irradiation with 488 nm circularly polarized light (CPL). Selective reflection of visible light demonstrates that the irradiation of this glassy nematic azopolymer induces a helix as a consequence of the chiral arrangement of the azobenzene units. Moreover, a wedge cell with an aligning layer for planar orientation was filled with the polymer with the aim of investigating the change in the macroscopic optical properties and optical textures of the azopolymer on irradiation with CPL. The transfer of chirality from CPL to azopolymer through chiral conformations is proposed as a model for explaining the supramolecular chirality.
Descripción7 pages, 8 figures, 1 table.-- et al.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.200700202
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/19140
DOI10.1002/adfm.200700202
ISSN1616-301X
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