Special Issue "Recent Progress in Photoresponsive Azopolymers"
A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2019).
Interests: photoresponsive materials; supramolecular chemistry; polymer fluids
Interests: responsive materials; advanced manufacturing; laser; inkjet printing; 3D printing; 4D printing; actuators; soft robotics
Azopolymers combine the physico-chemical properties of macromolecular compounds with the light responsivity of azobenzenes. The photoinduced transformations and motions of the photoresponsive groups of azopolymers result in significant alterations of specific material properties. Such changes comprise, but are not limited to, the photoinduction of macroscopic optical anisotropy, variation in optical transmittance, and nanostructuring, and are the basis of a large number of applications in a wide variety of areas including photonics, optical displays, data storage, nanofabrication, soft actuators, and biomaterials. Azopolymers encompass a fascinating area of both fundamental and applied-oriented research, which is unceasingly nurtured with exciting developments and innovative concepts from physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and (bio)engineers.
Authors are invited to submit contributions focused on the synthesis and structure, function, and applications of azopolymers. Suggested themes for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Advances in the synthesis of azopolymers (main chain and side chain polymers, dendrimers, block copolymers, as well as polymeric networks)
- Red-shifted azobenzene derivatives and polymers
- Photoinduced phase transitions of liquid crystal and amorphous azopolymers
- Recent trends in photonic applications of azopolymers and their photoalignment
- Mechanically responsive, azobenzene-containing soft polymeric systems
- The micellization of azopolymers for encapsulation and controlled release applications
Dr. Jesús Del Barrio
Dr. Carlos Sánchez-Somolinos
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- liquid crystal
- surface patterning
- optical anisotropy
- microstructure alignment
- phase transition
- soft actuator
- photoresponsive micelle