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Photo-Control of Interfacial Molecular Organization

Active interface architectures, exhibiting structural sensitivity to the presence of chemical species or light, are of interest for sensor and functional nanostructure applications. LCMRC researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to use liquid crystals to read out the state of a photoactive monolayer with great sensitivity to the incident wavelength. The wavelength dependent photo-induced shape transition of interfacial molecules from linear (trans) to bent (cis) produces distinct orientational changes in a contacting liquid crystal layer that can in turn be read out optically. Untitled-3 copy.jpg