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Bio-inspired photonic crystals with superwettability

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Photonic crystals (PCs) have attracted enormous research interest due to their unique light manipulation and potential applications in sensing, catalysts, detection, displays, solar cells and other fields. In particular, many novel applications of PCs are derived from their surface wettability. Generally, the wettability of PCs is determined by a combination of its surface geometrical structures and surface chemical compositions. This review focuses on the recent developments in the mechanism, fabrication and application of bio-inspired PCs with superwettability. It includes information on constructing superwetting PCs based on designing the topographical structure and regulating the surface chemical composition, and information on extending the practical applications of superwetting PCs in humidity/oil/solvent sensing, actuating, anti-fouling and liquid-impermeable surface, chemical detection, etc.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2016 and first published on 26 Oct 2016

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00562D
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016,45, 6833-6854

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    Bio-inspired photonic crystals with superwettability

    M. Kuang, J. Wang and L. Jiang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 6833
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00562D

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