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Research Interests

Our research aims to elucidate the design principles that underlie the evolution of natural photonic structures by studying their assembly and optical response. Inspired by nature, we develop tools to fabricate artificial photonic structures using natural materials. The outcome of our research activity will pave the way for the production of novel low cost, biodegradable materials that could replace traditional, potentially hazardous colorants used industrially for various applications, such as cosmetics, textiles and security labelling.

Our multidisciplinary project, studying the optical properties of natural photonic structures, has many times caught the attention of the press, here some recent examples: