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When an azobenzene-containing polymer film is exposed to non-uniform illumination, a light-induced mass migration process may be induced, leading to the formation of relief patterns on the polymer-free surface. Despite many years of research effort, several aspects of this phenomenon remain poorly understood. Here we report the appearance of spiral-shaped(More)
A new, easy and cost-effective synthetic procedure for the preparation of thermosetting melamine-based epoxy resins is reported. By this innovative synthetic method, different kinds of resins can be obtained just by mixing the reagents in the presence of a catalyst without solvent and with mild curing conditions. Two types of resins were synthesized using(More)
In this paper we report the synthesis and characterization of a trihydroxylated nonlinear optical (NLO) azochromophore and its functionalization with 2,4-tolylendiisocyanate (TDI) to give an amorphous mixture of isomers that was used as a starting compound for the preparation of cross-linked electro-optic (EO) thin films. An unedited type of thermal(More)
The ability of thermosalient solids, organic analogues of inorganic martensites, to move by rapid mechanical reconfiguration or ballistic event remains visually appealing and potentially useful, yet mechanistically elusive phenomenon. Here, with a material that undergoes both thermosalient and non-thermosalient phase transitions, we demonstrate that the(More)
The title compound, C22H28N2O6, crystallizes with one half-mol-ecule in the independent unit, the mol-ecule being located on an inversion centre. The penthyl groups are in the all-trans conformation and an almost planar conformation of the whole mol-ecule is observed [maximum deviation from the least-squares plane through all non-H atoms is 0.0229 (17) Å(More)
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