Photo-orientation of mesostructured silica via hierarchical multiple transfer

Yasuhiro Kawashima, Masaru Nakagawa, Takahiro Seki, Kunihiro Ichimura

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Successful photoalignment of a mesostructured inorganic material synthesized through supramolecular templating of surfactants is performed via hierarchically relayed multiple transfer among heterointerfaces. The directional information possessed by linearly polarized light is initially captured by a latent photochromic monolayer and then fixed by a robust polymer. The photoaligned polymer film is eventually inherited to an oriented nucleation of a mesostructured surfactant/silica hybrid in the sol-gel polymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2842-2844
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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