Epitaxial growth of light-responsive azobenzene molecular crystal actuators on oriented polyethylene films

Shaji Varghese (Corresponding author), Sebastian Fredrich, Ghislaine Vantomme, Sugosh R. Prabhu, Joan Teyssandier, Steven de Feyter, John Severn, Cees W. M. Bastiaansen, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning

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Abstract

We report on the epitaxial growth of photoresponsive alkyl-substituted azobenzene fibres on top of uniaxially oriented polyethylene (PE) films. In these fibres, the alkyl chains are oriented parallel with regard to the drawing direction of PE, whereas the azobenzene moieties pack into a roughly 60° angle. The bilayer films act as a light responsive actuator generating an actuation stress of about 3 MPa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-699
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Funding

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Diagnostic Services Manitoba
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme797156
European Commission

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