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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Goulet-Hanssens A, Barrett CJ
Article Title: Photo-control of biological systems with azobenzene polymers.
Publication date: 2013
Journal: Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume: 51
Issue: (14)
Page numbers: 3058-3070.
DOI: 10.1002/pola.26735

Abstract: Azobenzene-containing polymers offer tremendous advantages and opportunities over other stimuli-responsive materials to interface with biology. Azobenzene's fast, reversible, and innocuous cis-trans geometrical isomerization can be leveraged into dramatic intra- and inter-molecular changes when incorporated in polymeric materials. Azobenzene use has grown from a colorant, through to optical storage materials, and most recently in a variety of biologically themed applications. This review highlights the broad impact this photo-switch has had in recent years and offers a snapshot of the research landscape at the interface between photochemistry and biology. From photo-reversible micelles and peptides to controlled drug release and sensing, the versatility of azobenzene makes it a favored photo-switch found in many emerging applications. 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 3058-3070
Template and target information: Review - photoswitching azobenzene-based polymers
Author keywords: azo polymers, biological applications of polymers, photochemistry, photophysics, water-soluble polymers, stimuli-sensitive polymers, dyes, pigments

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