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Keywords:

  • hybrid materials;
  • isomerization;
  • materials science;
  • nanoscale molecular crystals;
  • photon-controlled actuator
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Molecule deformation to macroactuation: In a novel hybrid assembly photoisomerization causes microscale deformation of molecules that is amplified to macroscale bending of a composite membrane. The nanoscale molecular crystals, which are unevenly distributed in a functional polymer matrix, provide a new strategy for designing higher performance actuators that combine the advantages of both molecular crystals and liquid crystal elastomers.