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Flexible mechanochromic photonic crystals: routes to visual sensors and their mechanical properties

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Abstract

The past decade has witnessed remarkable advances in mechanochromic photonic crystals with potential applications in smart displays, strain sensors, biomedical devices, household products, fingerprint identification, and civil engineering. This review summarizes recent developments in flexible mechanochromic photonic crystals, including the inspiration of materials from nature, principles for fabrication, characterization of mechanical properties, and applications in smart strain-colour sensing. Flexible mechanochromic photonic crystals have further enhanced and broadened the applications of mechanochromic photonic crystals. In addition to conformal deformation, they can enable or enhance structural colour effects without additional energy consumption, especially for monitoring mechanical deformation, failure and fracture in bulk materials to prevent hazardous incidents.

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The article was received on 13 Jan 2018, accepted on 05 Mar 2018 and first published on 05 Mar 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00202A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 3182-3199
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    Flexible mechanochromic photonic crystals: routes to visual sensors and their mechanical properties

    R. Zhang, Q. Wang and X. Zheng, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 3182
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00202A

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