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Surface relief gratings in azobenzene-containing polymers with linear and star-branched architectures: A comparison

: Gharaggozloo-Hubmann, K.; Kulikovska, O.; Börger, V.; Menzel, H.; Stumpe, J.


Macromolecular chemistry and physics 210 (2009), No.21, pp.1809-1817
ISSN: 1022-1352
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()

The influence of molecular architecture on light-induced SRG formation was investigated. Polymers with different degree of branching were synthesized by ATRP and functionalized with azobenzene chromophores. The polymers differ only in their architecture - linear, 4-, 6-, or 12-arms stars. The photo-induced dichroism as well as the efficiency of SRG formation was similar for all polymers of this series. New consideration for the origin of the driving force was used to explain this behavior. The comparable SRG inscription rate in differently branched polymers can be rationalized by assuming that azobenzene acts as an internal molecular motor and can cause a non-turbulent motion on a scale smaller than that on which normal entanglement restriction forces act.