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Fumitaka Terao, Dr. Masakazu Morimoto and Prof. Dr. Masahiro Irie Light-Driven Molecular-Crystal Actuators: Rapid and Reversible Bending of Rodlike Mixed Crystals of Diarylethene Derivatives Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 26 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201105585

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Limber but strong: Two-component mixed crystals of diarylethene derivatives exhibit reversible, rapid, and fatigue-resistant bending upon alternate irradiation with UV and visible light (see picture). The crystals showed reversible curling into a hairpin shape while remaining crystalline.

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