Azobenzene-siloxane hybrids with lamellar structures from bridge-type alkoxysilyl precursors

Sufang Guo, Watcharop Chaikittisilp, Tatsuya Okubo, Atsushi Shimojima*

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Lamellar azobenzene-siloxane hybrids were prepared by controlled hydrolysis and polycondensation of three types of precursors, where azobenzene is sandwiched by mono-, di- and triethoxysilyl groups using propylene linkers. All precursors underwent reversible and fast trans-cis isomerization upon UV/Vis irradiation in dilute solution. Upon hydrolysis of the triethoxysilylated precursor in a homogeneous solution under acidic conditions, precipitation occurred by self-assembly of hydrolyzed monomers into a lamellar structure. Although di- and mono-ethoxysilylated precursors produced less ordered products under identical conditions, highly ordered lamellar films were obtainable either by evaporation induced self-assembly of the hydrolyzed monomers or by solid-state reactions of precursor films. The degree of trans-cis isomerization of azobenzene moieties in the hybrid films was enhanced by decreasing the cross-linking degree of siloxane networks using precursors with less condensable alkoxy groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25319-25325
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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