Thermally stable photoaligned p-cyanoazobenzene moieties in polymer thin films

Kunihiro Ichimura, Masatoshi Kidowaki, Takenori Fujiwara

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CNAzh and the related copolymer with p-cyanoazobenzene residues tethered directly to polymer backbones demonstrate remarkable photoorientation behavior when compared with a counterpart polymer with unsubstituted azobenzene side chains (Azh). Optical anisotropy of a thin film of CNAzh displayed anomalously high thermal stability probably owing to effective cooperative works among the polar and rigid azobenzene moieties. This type of thin films are of practical significance to apply to produce liquid crystal (LC) aligning films for LC display devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-305
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Aug 1
EventProceedings of the 1997 Boston Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 1998 Aug 231998 Aug 27


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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