Hybrid nanoscale organic molecular crystals assembly as a photon-controlled actuator

T. Lan, Wei Chen

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Molecule deformation to macroactuation: In a novel hybrid assembly photoisomerization causes microscale deformation of molecules that is amplified to macroscale bending of a composite membrane. The nanoscale molecular crystals, which are unevenly distributed in a functional polymer matrix, provide a new strategy for designing higher performance actuators that combine the advantages of both molecular crystals and liquid crystal elastomers. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6496-6500
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • hybrid materials
  • isomerization
  • materials science
  • nanoscale molecular crystals
  • photon-controlled actuator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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