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Azo-Polymer Janus Particles Assembled by Solvent-Induced Microphase Separation and Their Photoresponsive Behavior.
Chem Asian J ; 11(23): 3443-3448, 2016 Dec 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27706933
ABSTRACT
We report the successful fabrication of photoresponsive Janus particles (JPs) composed of an epoxy-based azo polymer and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Two representative azo polymers, of which one polymer (BP-AZ-CN) has cyano groups as electron-withdrawing substituents on the azobenzene moieties and the other polymer (BP-AZ-CA) has carboxyl groups as the electron-withdrawing substituents, were adopted for the investigation. The nanoscaled JPs, with a narrow size distribution and different azo polymer/PMMA ratios, were fabricated through self-assembly in solution and as dispersions. Upon irradiation with linearly polarized light (λ=488 nm), two types of photoresponsive behavior were observed for JPs in the solid state. For JPs composed of BP-AZ-CN and PMMA, the light irradiation caused the azo-polymer component to be stretched along the light polarization direction. Conversely, for JPs composed of BP-AZ-CA and PMMA, the azo-polymer component became separated from PMMA component under the same irradiation conditions. These observations are valuable for a deeper understanding of the nature of self-assembly and photoinduced mass-transport at the nanometer scale.

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: Chem Asian J Ano de publicação: 2016 Tipo de documento: Artigo