Phototunable liquid-crystalline phases made of nanoparticles.


The properties of liquid-crystalline (LC) hybrid systems made of inorganic nanoparticles grafted with photosensitive azo compounds are presented. For materials with a large density of azo ligands at the surface, the LC structure can be reversibly melted by UV light, and the return to the LC state does not require the absorption of visible light. For systems… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407497


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