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Issue 48, 2015
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Near infrared light-driven liquid crystal phase transition enabled by hydrophobic mesogen grafted plasmonic gold nanorods

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Abstract

Light-driven phase transition in liquid crystals is a fascinating endeavour from both scientific and technological points of view. Here we demonstrate the proof-of-principle that the photothermal effect of organo-soluble plasmonic gold nanorods can introduce the phase transition of thermotropic liquid crystals upon near infrared laser irradiation. Interestingly, the reverse process occurs when the laser is switched off.

Graphical abstract: Near infrared light-driven liquid crystal phase transition enabled by hydrophobic mesogen grafted plasmonic gold nanorods

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Submitted
12 Mar 2015
Accepted
07 May 2015
First published
07 May 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 9845-9848
Article type
Communication

Near infrared light-driven liquid crystal phase transition enabled by hydrophobic mesogen grafted plasmonic gold nanorods

K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, L. Wang, C. Xue, G. Singh, S. Kumar, A. Urbas and Q. Li, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 9845
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02127H

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