Magnetic Vesicles of Amphiphilic Spiropyran Containing Iron Oxide Particles on a Solid State Substrate

Minori Taguchi, Guangming Li, Zhongze Gu, Osamu Sato, Yasuaki Einaga

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Incorporation of photochromic compounds into magnetic systems is one of the new strategies being implemented to realize the control of magnetic properties by photoillumination. We have designed composite materials comprising iron oxide particles and photochromic spiropyran vesicles as cast films on substrates. Photofunctional magnetic vesicles of amphiphilic spiropyran (SP1822) containing iron oxide particles exhibit superparamagnetic properties at room temperature. Both photoisomerization and photoinduced aggregation of the photoresponsive magnetic vesicles were observed, even without any supporting media such as solvents or polymer matrixes. As a result of the assembly of the vesicles, magnetic dipolar interactions among adjacent iron oxide particles were induced by photoillumination at room temperature, even in the solid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4756-4760
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 16


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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