5 Photo‐Control of Molecular Alignment for Photonic and Mechanical Applications

Miho Aizawa1, Christopher J. Barrett1,2 and Atsushi Shishido1,3,*

1 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, R1‐12, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori‐ku, Yokohama, 226‐8503, Japan

2 McGill University, Department of Chemistry, 801 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 0B8, Canada

3 PRESTO, JST, 4‐1‐8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama, 332‐0012, Japan

5.1 Introduction

The development of stimuli‐responsive functional materials is among the key goals of modern materials science. The structure and properties of such switchable materials can be designed to be controlled by various stimuli, among which light is frequently the most powerful ...

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