Design of element blocks for photoresponsive organosiloxane-based materials

Sufang Guo, Kazuyuki Kuroda, Atsushi Shimojima*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this chapter, preparation, structures, and photoresponsive properties of various azobenzene-siloxane hybrid nanomaterials based on the design of element blocks are described. Hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions accompanied by self-assembly of different types of azobenzene-functionalized alkoxysilane precursors yield hybrids with ordered mesostructures. Lamellar films show reversible dspacing changes and macroscopic bending-unbending motion by partial trans-cis photoisomerization of the azobenzene groups. Further, incorporation of a cage oligosiloxane into the precursor leads to the formation of cylindrical assemblies, in which efficient photoisomerization of azobenzene is achieved. These findings will contribute to the creation of novel photoresponsive materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Polymeric Materials Based on Element-Blocks
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789811328893
ISBN (Print)9789811328886
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


  • Azobenzene
  • Photoresponsive materials
  • Self-assembly
  • Siloxane
  • Sol-gel processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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