Tomiki Ikeda

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Polymer solutions and solids that contain light-sensitive molecules can undergo photo-contraction, whereby light energy is converted into mechanical energy. Here we show that a single film of a liquid-crystal network containing an azobenzene chromophore can be repeatedly and precisely bent along any chosen direction by using linearly polarized light. This(More)
Novel liquid-crystalline polymers (LCPs) containing a long azotolane moiety were synthesized, and the relationship between the chemical structures and the photoresponsive behavior was investigated. All homogeneously aligned LCP films exhibited extremely high values of birefringence (Deltan) in the wide wavelength range. Specifically, the azotolane LCP with(More)
Muscle is a transducer that can convert chemical energy into mechanical motion. To construct artificial muscles, it is desirable to use soft materials with high mechanical flexibility and durability rather than hard materials such as metals. For effective muscle-like actuation, materials with stratified structures and high molecular orders are necessary.(More)
The history of human civilization is accompanied by the development of novel materials, from the period of natural stone, the bronze and iron age, to the modern times of synthetic materials and promising advanced materials. Liquid crystals (LCs) are one of such kind of materials that greatly infl uence our daily life, and which are not limited to displays(More)
A linearly polarized laser beam was used to control nanocylinders self-assembled in an amphiphilic diblock liquid-crystalline copolymer consisting of flexible poly(ethylene oxide) as a hydrophilic block and poly(methacrylate) containing an azobenzene moiety in the side chain as a hydrophobic liquid-crystalline segment. The perfect array of poly(ethylene(More)
Human skeletal muscles are composed of many bundles of fibers and their crucial function to convert chemical energy into mechanical work is achieved by generating smooth motion and inducing high stress by external stimuli. Recently, there has been a considerable effort to develop artificial muscles or actuators that can mimic muscle performance, and various(More)
Crosslinked liquid-crystalline polymer materials that macroscopically deform when irradiated with light have been extensively studied in the past decade because of their potential in various applications, such as microactuators and microfluidic devices. The basic motions of these materials are contraction-expansion and bending-unbending, which are observed(More)