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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, and disordered structures with lattice constants or scattering elements whose sizes are 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. 

New type of visual filter discovered in mantis shrimp

7 September 2019

We identified a new way animals can modify their vision. Photonic crystal-like structures in the photoreceptors of larval mantis shrimp simultaneously reflect and transmit light onto light sensitive cells. This newly described structure resembles how a human-made optical device, known as fiber Bragg grating, works.

Genetic Manipulation of Living Bacterial Colour

6 March 2018

We demonstrate the genetic modification of structural color in a living system by using iridescent Flavobacteria colonies as a model system. These findings can move forward evolutionary studies and the understanding biological formation at the nanoscale.

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