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Photoactuation: novel MEMS-based constructs and applications of azobenzene
Author(s): Logan Butt; Matthew Strohmayer; Tristen Head; Atul Dhall; Lauren Sfakis; Natalya Tokranova; James Castracane
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Paper Abstract

The conversion of light energy into mechanical energy for directed photoactuation is a goal that has been pursued for decades. This work has led to azobenzene liquid-crystal polymers (LCPs), which demonstrate photo-activated bending when irradiated with UV or blue-green light. This intriguing phenomenon has potential to significantly impact the fields of Lab-on-a-Chip, MEMS and soft robotics, but the jump into practical application requires precise fabrication of azobenzene-based structures capable of being leveraged into useful and efficient photomechanical work. Three such configurations have been designed to this end: azobenzene films patterned by soft lithography, azobenzene nanofibers and azobenzene nanobeads.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10491, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVI, 1049104 (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290790
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Logan Butt, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Matthew Strohmayer, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Tristen Head, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Atul Dhall, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Lauren Sfakis, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Natalya Tokranova, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
James Castracane, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10491:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVI
Bonnie L. Gray; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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