We have prepared photomagnetic Langmuir-Blodgett films composed of an amphiphilic azobenzene and a magnetic polyoxometalate. The obtained film possesses a well-organized layered structure where polyoxometalate anions are sandwiched by azobenzene cations in a single-layered manner. Reversible photoisomerization of azobenzene was achieved even at low temperature, accompanying intensity changes in the d-d transition of polyoxometalate anions. The photomagnetic effect was observed reversibly upon alternate UV and visible light irradiation. Based on polarized spectroscopy, the observed photomagnetic effect is ascribed to the structure-distortion of polyoxometalate layers.
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- Inorganic Chemistry