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Keywords:

  • chiral nematic networks;
  • liquid crystals;
  • polymers;
  • surface chemistry;
  • surface topologies
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An enlightening answer: Dynamic surface photo-responsive topologies of a polymer coating were realized by introducing azobenzene crosslinkers into liquid-crystal polymer networks (see picture). The principle of these coatings is based on breaking the molecular order in the liquid-crystal polymer networks. Under irradiation of UV light the azobenzene compound isomerizes from the trans to the cis conformation.