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Photoresponsive azobenzene photonic crystals

Kamenjicki, M and Lednev, IK and Asher, SA (2004) Photoresponsive azobenzene photonic crystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 108 (34). 12637 - 12639. ISSN 1520-6106

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We demonstrate azobenzene photochemically driven diffraction switching of a photonic crystal consisting of a crystalline colloidal array (CCA) polymerized within a hydrogel matrix. A novel azobenzene derivative that has a large ground-state activation barrier between the cis and trans forms in water is used. The system is actuated by excitation with UV light (wavelength of 365 nm), which photoisomerizes the azobenzene trans state to the cis ground state. The increased dipole moment of the cis state increases the free energy of mixing, causing a hydrogel swelling, which red-shifts the embedded CCA diffraction. Excitation with visible light photoisomerizes the cis state to the trans state, which resets the diffraction. This material acts as a memory storage material. Information is recorded and erased by exciting the photonic crystal in the UV or visible spectral region. The written information is read out completely and nondestructively by the wavelength of the Bragg diffraction (in this case, in the red).


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kamenjicki, M
Lednev, IK
Asher, SAasher@pitt.eduASHER
Date: 26 August 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume: 108
Number: 34
Page Range: 12637 - 12639
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1021/jp047500p
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Chemistry
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1520-6106
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 18:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:55


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