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Photoinduced peeling of molecular crystals

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Block-like microcrystals composed of cis-dimethyl-2(3-(anthracen-9-yl)allylidene)malonate are grown from aqueous surfactant solutions. A pulse of 405 nm light converts a fraction of molecules to the trans isomer, creating an amorphous mixed layer that peels off the parent crystal. This photoinduced delamination can be repeated multiple times on the same block.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced peeling of molecular crystals

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20 Dec 2018
04 Feb 2019
First published
04 Feb 2019

Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 3709-3712
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Photoinduced peeling of molecular crystals

F. Tong, M. Al-Haidar, L. Zhu, R. O. Al-Kaysi and C. J. Bardeen, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3709
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10051A

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