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Synthesis, characterization, photo-induced alignment, and surface orientation of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-azobenzene)s

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  • Kenji Kinashi,

    1. Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8585, Japan
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  • Yuki Kambe,

    1. Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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  • Masahiro Misaki,

    1. Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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  • Yasuko Koshiba,

    1. Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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  • Kenji Ishida,

    1. Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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  • Yasukiyo Ueda

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
    • Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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Abstract

Three types of bi-functionalized copolymers (P1FAz, P2FAz, and P3FAz) with different numbers of fluorene units and an azobenzene unit were synthesized and characterized using UV–vis and polarized absorption spectroanalysis. The trans-cis photoisomerization was conformed under 400 nm light irradiation for all copolymers in chloroform. However, in the film state, only the trans-cis photoisomerization occurred by mono-fluorene attached copolymer poly[(9,9-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-alt-4,4′-azobenzene)] (P1FAz). Photo-induced alignment was achieved using the P1FAz film after irradiation with linear polarized 400 nm light and subsequent annealing at 60 °C. Surface orientation of a spin-coating film of poly(9,9-didodecylfluorene) (F12) was achieved using the photo-induced alignment layer of the P1FAz film after annealing at 90 °C. The photo-induced alignment layer of P1FAz has potential application to the surface orientation technique for appropriate polymers, which will be useful for the fabrication of optoelectronics devices. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2012

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