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Journal of Nanophotonics

Prospects for light-activated nano-devices based on shape-memory polymers
Author(s): Anuj Bhargava; Michael B. Cortie
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Paper 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2007
PDF: 13 pages
J. Nanophoton. 1(1) 012503 doi: 10.1117/1.2772885
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 1, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Anuj Bhargava, Delhi College of Engineering (India)
Michael B. Cortie, Univ. of Technology/Sydney (Australia)

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