This work was supported by grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
Photoinduced Nanoscale Cooperative Motion in a Well-Defined Triblock Copolymer†
Article first published online: 11 APR 2007
Copyright © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 3, Issue 5, pages 768–771, May 4, 2007
How to Cite
Yu, H., Asaoka, S., Shishido, A., Iyoda, T. and Ikeda, T. (2007), Photoinduced Nanoscale Cooperative Motion in a Well-Defined Triblock Copolymer. Small, 3: 768–771. doi: 10.1002/smll.200600724
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2007
- Manuscript Received: 22 DEC 2006
- block copolymers;
- data storage;
- molecular dynamics;
- phase separation;
- thin films
Going through the motions: The molecular cooperative motion between azobenzene moieties and photoinert cyanobiphenyl groups can be confined to nanoscale mesogenic domains by microphase separation of a triblock copolymer with a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix (see picture). Films of the copolymer have a large anisotropy, stable birefringence, and improved transparency due to elimination of the scattering of visible light.