Organic-inorganic hybrid materials with photomechanical functions

Sufang Guo*, Atsushi Shimojima

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this chapter, organic-inorganic hybrid photomechanical materials are described. Photoresponsive siloxane-based hybrids with lamellar structures are formed by self-assembly of azobenzene-modified alkoxysilanes. Photoinduced bending/curling motions of the lamellar films have been observed. Other organic-inorganic hybrids such as azobenzene-intercalated layered inorganic compounds and azobenzene-carbon nanocomposites with photomechanical functions are also introduced. These hybrid materials have higher thermal stability and mechanical strength compared to conventional organic materials, which is promising for practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanically Responsive Materials for Soft Robotics
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783527822195
ISBN (Print)9783527346202
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 19


  • Azobenzene
  • Inorganic-organic hybrids
  • Photomechanical effect
  • Self-assembly
  • Siloxane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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