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Photo-responsive systems and biomaterials: photochromic polymers, light-triggered self-assembly, surface modification, fluorescence modulation and beyond

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Abstract

There has been considerable interest in the application of photochromism to photo-responsive systems which has led to the development of new tailored smart materials for photonics and biomedical fields. Within a polymeric matrix photochromic isomerizations can be stimulated by light to reversibly alter the physical and chemical properties of a material such as LC phase, shape, surface wettability, permeability, solubility, self-assembly, size and fluorescence. The underlying principles behind photo-responsive behavior, subsequent applications and relevant examples are discussed in this review.

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Submitted
15 Oct 2009
Accepted
03 Nov 2009
First published
25 Nov 2009

Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 37-54
Article type
Review Article

Photo-responsive systems and biomaterials: photochromic polymers, light-triggered self-assembly, surface modification, fluorescence modulation and beyond

F. Ercole, T. P. Davis and R. A. Evans, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 37
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00300B

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