Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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September 14, 2005
HIGHLIGHT: Photodeformable Polymers - A New Kind of Promising Smart Material for Micro- and Nano-Applications
Y. Yu,* T. Ikeda*
The direct conversion of light energy into mechanical power (photomechanical effect) is achieved by deformations of photodeformable polymers. Recent developments in the field are presented, including the concept of using photo-crosslinking to prepare deformable polymers with various pre-determined shapes. The Figure shows a polymer film doped with SCAA molecules in its permanent shape (a), its temporary shape (b), and the recovered shape (c).