Thermally stable photoaligned p-cyanoazobenzene moieties in polymer thin films

Kunihiro Ichimura, Masatoshi Kidowaki, Takenori Fujiwara

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Poly(4-cyano-4'-methacryloyloxyazobenzene) displayed a slow E-to-Z photoisomerization rate and a low Z-isomer content at a photostationary state in a film. Linearly polarized 436 nm light irradiation resulted in the gradual generation of dichroism due to the reorientation of the azobenzene chromophores. The photodichroism was enhanced markedly by heating the film and not deteriorated even at 240 °C Discussion was made on the thermally enhanced photodichroism of the polymer with p-cy anoazobenzene side chains in respect to its semi-crystallinity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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