Photo-switchable surface topologies in chiral nematic coatings

D. Liu, C.W.M. Bastiaansen, J.M.J. Toonder, den, D.J. Broer

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An enlightening answer: Dynamic surface photo-responsive topologies of a polymer coating were realized by introducing azobenzene crosslinkers into liquid-crystal polymer networks (see picture). The principle of these coatings is based on breaking the molecular order in the liquid-crystal polymer networks. Under irradiation of UV light the azobenzene compound isomerizes from the trans to the cis conformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-896
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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