Cellulose-based nanostructures for photoresponsive surfaces

Susete N. Fernandes, Luis E. Aguirre, Rita V. Pontes, João Paulo Heitor Godinho Canejo, Pedro Brogueira, Eugene M. Terentjev, Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho

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Cellulose is the main constituent of plant cell walls and can be converted into a wide range of derivatives. The derivatives are produced by a chemical reaction of the primary and two secondary hydroxyl groups available in beta-d-glucopyranose units, often in heterogeneous conditions, yielding, in many cases, < 3 average degrees of substitution per glucose unit. Here we profit from the richness of these systems and different assembly conditions building up from similar nanomicelles, with a characteristic length of ca. 30 nm, different nanostructures: lamellas and filaments that show dissimilar responses to UV irradiation. The chosen cellulose derivative was a thermotropic liquid crystal synthesized by the reaction of 4-(4-methoxyazobenzene-4'-yloxy)butanoyl chloride and acetoxypropylcellulose. The nanostructures were obtained from this cellulose derivative by using spin-coating as well as Langmuir-Blodgett techniques. The nanostructures with a high surface-to-volume ratio, which can be freestanding or grown off a substrate, lead to organic tunable interfacial templates with distinct wettability properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-476
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Cellulose derivatives
  • Nanofilaments
  • Photoresponsive structures
  • Tunable interfacial templates
  • Wettability


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