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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • composite materials;
  • liquid crystalline polymers;
  • photomechanical actuation
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An azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline polymer/carbon nanotube composite strip was synthesized that shows rapid and reversible deformation under UV irradiation. The aligned nanotubes also provide the composite with much higher mechanical strength than pure liquid crystalline polymers and a very high electrical conductivity.