Photo-induced alignment of polymer ultrathin films fabricated by alternate self-assembly solution adsorption of polyelectrolytes and small azo dye chromophores

Rigoberto Advincula, Eric Fells, Nathalie Jones, Joanetta Guzman, Akira Baba, Futao Kaneko

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The formation and photo-induced alignment of ultrathin films consisting of small molecular dyes and polyelectrolytes using the alternate solution adsorption technique are described. The small molecular chromophoric dyes were chosen to have sufficient charge density and photoisomerizable azo functional groups. The molecular assembly process of individual polyion-dye pairs were investigated by a number of surface sensitive techniques, including quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), ellipsometry, UV spectroscopy, X-ray reflectometry, XPS, AFM, and surface plasmon spectroscopy. Correlation was made on the effect of film formation parameters to the overall film quality and layer ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-444
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Mar
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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