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Smart Light-Responsive Materials: Azobenzene-Containing Polymers and Liquid Crystals Hardcover – April 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470175781 ISBN-10: 0470175788 Edition: 1st

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From the Back Cover

Opens the door to promising new light-enabled

smart materials and their applications

Examining the most promising developments, this contributed workreviews smart light-responsive materials based on azobenzenepolymers and liquid crystals. The book explores the underlyingmechanisms of azobenzene polymers and liquid crystals, highlightingnew functionalities and properties that have been realized throughrational design. Moreover, the book provides insight into new andemerging light-enabled smart materials and their applications,particularly in the fields of photonics and optics.

Edited by two leading authorities in the field, this bookfeatures an internationally recognized team of expert authors.Contributions are based on the authors' firsthand experience in thelab as well as their thorough investigation of the literature.Highlights of coverage include:

  • Photo-induced phenomena in supramolecular azobenzenematerials

  • Amorphous azobenzene polymers for light-induced surfacepatterning

  • Light-responsive 2-D motions and manipulations inazobenzene-containing liquid crystalline polymer materials

  • Photo-tuning of the helical structure of cholesteric liquidcrystals

  • Azobenzene block copolymers in the solid state

Among the materials covered are light-bendable elastomers,light-dissociable polymer micelles, light-controllable emulsions,liquid crystal/polymer composites, and colloids.

Smart Light-Responsive Materials not only presents the state ofthe technology, it also serves as a catalyst for the development ofnew light-enabled materials and applications. In addition tobenefiting researchers who work on azobenzene polymers and liquidcrystals, the book is also recommended for any researcher involvedin developing light-responsive materials as many of the strategiesfrom the book can be adapted to other chromophores.

About the Author

Yue Zhao, PhD, is Professor of Chemistry at the University ofSherbrooke. With more than 100 publications to his credit, Dr.Zhao's research interests center on the design, synthesis, andapplications of new polymer and liquid-crystalline materials. Hehas worked on specific applications of light-responsive materials,self-assembled materials, and nanostructured materials for liquidcrystal displays, controlled drug delivery, and tunable opticaldevices.

Tomiki Ikeda, PhD, is Professor of Polymer Chemistry at theTokyo Institute of Technology. Professor Ikeda is a leadingauthority in light-responsive materials and liquid-crystallinematerials. Professor Ikeda's research interests focus onphotomobile polymer materials, photodeformable smart materialsbased on azobenzene liquid-crystalline elastomers, andelectroluminescent liquid-crystalline materials. He has more than400 publications to his credit.

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