Taming Macromolecules with Light: Lessons Learned from Vibrational Spectroscopy

Jaana Vapaavuori, C. Geraldine Bazuin, Christian Pellerin

Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu


Exciting new applications, from large-area nanopatterning and templating to soft light-powered robotics, are emerging from the fundamental research on light-triggered changes in macromolecular systems upon photoisomerization of azobenzene-based molecular photoswitches. The understanding of how the initial molecular-scale photoisomerization of azobenzene, a complex photochemical event in itself, is translated into the response of macromolecules and even into macroscopic-scale motion of illuminated azomaterials is an enormous task. The focus here is on how this knowledge has advanced by applying different vibrational spectroscopy techniques that provide rich molecular insight into the photoresponse of chemically specific molecular moieties. In particular, infrared and Raman spectroscopy studies are highlighted, in the context of phototriggered perturbation of self-assembled structures and photoinduced linear and circular anisotropy, as well as photoinduced surface patterning, with the objective of offering a perspective on how vibrational spectroscopy can help in answering an array of essential yet unsettled questions.

JulkaisuMacromolecular Rapid Communications
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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