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Photomechanical Responses in Polymerized Azobenzene and Application to Heliostats

Title: Photomechanical Responses in Polymerized Azobenzene and Application to Heliostats.
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Name(s): Roberts, Dennice, author
Department of Physics
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The search for viable forms of alternative energy has been a topic of recent research, and harvesting of solar energy has already been realized in various forms. Certain compounds have been shown to have visible physical responses when hit with light, transforming optical energy into motion. This project aims to better characterize properties of azobenzene, one such polymeric photomechanical actuator by considering it under various conditions of incident LED light. While much previous research has been done on azobenzene polymerized in a polyacrylate, this project holds its focus on an azobenzene-doped polyimide compound. It also attempts to understand the role this smart material may play in solar heliostats. The movement of these apparati is usually controlled by electromagnetic motors, but could instead be moved using azobenzene as a photon-powered motor that does work on the polymer network.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0367 (IID)
Keywords: smart materials, materials, azobenzene, photomechanical, solar, polymer
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Physics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 22, 2014.
Subject(s): Materials
Materials science
Mechanical engineering
Physics
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0367
Restrictions on Access: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Roberts, D. (2014). Photomechanical Responses in Polymerized Azobenzene and Application to Heliostats. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0367