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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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The article was received on 20 Dec 2018, accepted on 04 Feb 2019 and first published on 04 Feb 2019

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10051A
Citation: 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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