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Highly branched photomechanical crystals

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When a suspension of the tert-butyl ester of 4-fluoroanthracene-9-carboxylic acid (4F9AC) was slowly hydrolyzed, highly branched photomechanical microcrystals of 4F9AC were grown. Exposure to UV light caused the branches to undergo a reversible sweeping motion that could be used to move and concentrate silica microspheres on a surface.

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10 Nov 2016
06 Feb 2017
First published
06 Feb 2017

Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 2622-2625
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Highly branched photomechanical crystals

R. O. Al-Kaysi, F. Tong, M. Al-Haidar, L. Zhu and C. J. Bardeen, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2622
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC08999B

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