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Prospects for light-activated nano-devices based on shape-memory polymers

[+] Author Affiliations
Anuj Bhargava

Delhi University

Michael Cortie

University of Technology Sydney

J. Nanophoton. 1(1), 012503 (July 27, 2007). doi:10.1117/1.2772885
History: Received June 17, 2007; Revised July 23, 2007; Accepted July 24, 2007; July 27, 2007; Online July 27, 2007
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Abstract

The recent development of new types of light-activated, conformation-changing polymers has stimulated much interest. These 'smart' materials offer new functionalities and may enable diverse novel devices. One possible application of these substances may be in optically-driven nanoscale actuators, especially in the case of devices in which a plasmon resonance in a precious-metal nanostructure is actively modulated. A one-way or two-way shape memory effect is possible, however, application at the nanoscale will necessitate certain design changes. Nanoscale devices based on these materials could conceivably be used for drug-release or to switch the spectral selectivity of a coating.

© 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Anuj Bhargava and Michael Cortie
"Prospects for light-activated nano-devices based on shape-memory polymers", J. Nanophoton. 1(1), 012503 (July 27, 2007). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2772885


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