We thank Dr. J. Kuroki, Prof. Dr. T. Shinshi and Prof. Dr. A. Shimokohbe for useful advice on rotation systems.
Photomobile Polymer Materials: Towards Light-Driven Plastic Motors†
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2008
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 47, Issue 27, pages 4986–4988, June 23, 2008
How to Cite
Yamada, M., Kondo, M., Mamiya, J.-i., Yu, Y., Kinoshita, M., Barrett, Christopher J. and Ikeda, T. (2008), Photomobile Polymer Materials: Towards Light-Driven Plastic Motors. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47: 4986–4988. doi: 10.1002/anie.200800760
- Issue published online: 16 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2008
- Manuscript Received: 15 FEB 2008
- liquid crystals;
- photomechanical effect
Can light drive a motor? Azobenzene-containing liquid-crystalline elastomers (LCEs) and their composite materials have the potential to show three-dimensional movement by light irradiation. With the LCE laminated films, a first light-driven plastic motor has been developed, which can convert light energy directly into a continuous rotation without the aid of batteries, electric wires, or gears.