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Special Issue "Photoresponsive Polymers"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Photochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Haifeng Yu

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Interests: photoresponsive liquid crystals and polymers; liquid crystal and micro/nano composite materials; light-triggered photonics and advanced materials; block copolymers and self-organization; photomechanical and energy-transferring materials; hologram and data-storage; multi-responsive polymers; soft matter; organogels; photodriven orangic materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Arri Priimägi

Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, 541, 33101, Tampere, Finland
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Interests: functional soft materials; photonics; supramolecular self-assemblies
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Xiaogong Wang

Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Interests: azo polymers; photo-responsive; self-assembly; liquid crystal polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to submit an article for a high-profile Special Issue on “Photoresponsive Polymers” to be published in Molecules. This Special Issue aims to highlight research on light-induced chemical and physical processes of polymeric and polymer-based composite materials in both the bulk films and solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, new experimental and theoretical methodologies in highly interdisciplinary areas, such as photochemistry, photophysics, photocontrolled material processing and applications. Reviews, research articles and perspectives from experts in the field are equally welcome.

Prof. Dr. Haifeng Yu
Dr. Arri Priimägi
Prof. Dr. Xiaogong Wang
Guest Editor

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  • photoresponsive polymers and composites
  • photoalignment in polymer materials
  • light-driven soft matters
  • light-controllable nanoassemblies
  • applications of photoresponsive materials
  • photo patterning
  • photomechanical materials
  • photodynamic materials
  • light-responsive materials in solution
  • photoactive molecular materials
  • photoresponsive supramolecules
  • light-active block copolymer and self-assembly
  • holographic recording
  • photonic materials

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Open AccessReview Motion of Adsorbed Nano-Particles on Azobenzene Containing Polymer Films
Molecules 2016, 21(12), 1663; doi:10.3390/molecules21121663
Received: 23 September 2016 / Revised: 25 October 2016 / Accepted: 18 November 2016 / Published: 3 December 2016
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We demonstrate in situ recorded motion of nano-objects adsorbed on a photosensitive polymer film. The motion is induced by a mass transport of the underlying photoresponsive polymer material occurring during irradiation with interference pattern. The polymer film contains azobenzene molecules that undergo reversible
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We demonstrate in situ recorded motion of nano-objects adsorbed on a photosensitive polymer film. The motion is induced by a mass transport of the underlying photoresponsive polymer material occurring during irradiation with interference pattern. The polymer film contains azobenzene molecules that undergo reversible photoisomerization reaction from trans- to cis-conformation. Through a multi-scale chain of physico-chemical processes, this finally results in the macro-deformations of the film due to the changing elastic properties of polymer. The topographical deformation of the polymer surface is sensitive to a local distribution of the electrical field vector that allows for the generation of dynamic changes in the surface topography during irradiation with different light interference patterns. Polymer film deformation together with the motion of the adsorbed nano-particles are recorded using a homemade set-up combining an optical part for the generation of interference patterns and an atomic force microscope for acquiring the surface deformation. The particles undergo either translational or rotational motion. The direction of particle motion is towards the topography minima and opposite to the mass transport within the polymer film. The ability to relocate particles by photo-induced dynamic topography fluctuation offers a way for a non-contact simultaneous manipulation of a large number of adsorbed particles just in air at ambient conditions. Full article
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