Light-Driven Continuous Twist Movements of Microribbons

Yifan Zhang, Yanjun Gong, Bo Li, Ren Min Ma*, Yanke Che, Jincai Zhao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite many advances in the development of artificial systems with helical twist motions or deformations, obtaining materials that can undergo continuous twist movements upon an energy input remains a great challenge. In this work, a continuous twist movement of microribbons driven by scanning laser irradiation, a process that a twist generates initially at one end of the microribbon and is continuously transmitted to the other end and then kept twisting, is reported. Key factors to the achievement of this movement are the fabrication of elastic microribbons that possess relatively low elastic modulus and diagonal photoinduced π-stacking distortion relative to the microribbon long axis. Furthermore, the scanning laser irradiation is required to drive the π-stacking distortion with the spatiotemporal coordination for the continuous twist movement of microribbons. These findings may be extended to the achievement of other sophisticated continuous movements of microscale systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1804102
Number of pages7
Issue number7
Early online date15 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jan 2019


  • helical twisting
  • light-driven continuous movements
  • self-assembled microribbons


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