A novel photocontrollable magnetic thin film consisting of amphiphilic azobenzene cations, a smectite clay, and Prussian Blue has been designed and prepared by using the Langmuir-Blodgett method and an ion-exchange reaction. This magnetic thin film possesses a well-organized nanoscale layered structure. Reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene chromophore realized photoswitching of the magnetization. The changes in the magnetization values were estimated to be ca. 11%. This figure was much larger than our previous system, which contained azobenzene multi-bilayered vesicles in a poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 3745). These larger changes in the magnetization values are due to the highly ordered structure of the hybrid multilayered films.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Materials Chemistry