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Bio-inspired Photonics

Photonic structures in Nature and Bio-mimetic Materials

Nature’s most vivid colours rely on ordered, quasi-ordered or disordered structures with lattice constants or scattering element sizes on the order of the wavelength of visible radiation. Knowledge of the interplay between the morphology, composition and optical appearance of biological photonic systems can provide inspiration for novel artificial photonic materials. 

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Related Publications 

Natural Helicoidal Structures: Morphology, Self-assembly and Optical Properties
BD Wilts, HM Whitney, BJ Glover, U Steiner, S Vignolini – Materials Today: Proceedings (2014) 1, 177
Analysing photonic structures in plants
S Vignolini, E Moyroud, BJ Glover, U Steiner – J R Soc Interface (2013) 10, 20130394