Azo Polymers

Synthesis, Functions and Applications

  • Xiaogong Wang

Part of the Soft and Biological Matter book series (SOBIMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  3. Xiaogong Wang
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  4. Xiaogong Wang
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  5. Xiaogong Wang
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-230

About this book


This book explores functional polymers containing aromatic azo chromophores in side-chain, main-chain and other parts of their structures, known as azo polymers and which share common photoresponsive properties. It focuses on the molecular architecture of azo polymers, the synthetic methods and their most important functions, such as photoinduced birefringence and dichroism, surface-relief-grating (SRG) formation, and light-driven deformation of liquid crystal elastomers. It combines a general survey of the subject and in-depth discussions of each topic, including numerous illustrations, figures, and photographs. Offering a balance between an introduction to the core concepts and a snapshot of hot and emerging topics, it is of interest to graduate students and researchers working in this and related fields.

Xiaogong Wang is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China.


Birefringence and dichroism Liquid crystal elastomer Photo-responsive property Self-assembly of azo polymers Surface-relief-grating Photoisomerization Trans-cis isomerization Photoinduced orientation Real-time imaging Photoanisotropic materials

Authors and affiliations

  • Xiaogong Wang
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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