Advanced Materials

A Supramolecular Approach to Optically Anisotropic Materials: Photosensitive Ionic Self-Assembly Complexes


  • We thank Dr. Sérgio S. Funari (Hasylab, DESY (Germany)) at beamline A2 for help, Dr. B. Smarsly (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany)) for help in the analysis of the X-ray data, Dr. O. Kulikovska and Dr. L. Goldenberg (Institute for Thin Film and Microsensorics Technology, Teltow (Germany)) for the writing of the gratings, the Max Planck Gesellschaft (C. F. J. F) and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Y. Z., J. S.) for financial support.


Application of the supramolecular-synthesis strategy ionic self-assembly for the facile production of low-molecular-weight photo-addressable materials (see figure) is presented. The materials have good film-forming properties, long-term thermal stability, and, most importantly, dichroic ratios of 50.

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