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Jingjing Guan, Mingzhi Zhang, Birong Li, Prof. Huai Yang and Prof. Guojie Wang Photocontrolled Phase Transitions and Reflection Behaviors of Smectic Liquid Crystals by a Chiral Azobenzene ChemPhysChem 13

Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201200729

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Going through a phase: In a photoresponsive smectic liquid crystal system, the phase transitions from smectic to cholesteric and then to isotropic and the reflection wavelength from the short-wavelength IR to the visible region can be controlled by UV/visible irradiation due to the isomerization of azobenzene (see picture).

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