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Bio-inspired Photonic Crystal Pattern


Biological photonic crystal (PC) patterns provide unique functionality for the survival of creatures, such as the static identified patterns of butterfly wings, the mating function of the eye pattern of peacock feathers and the dynamic warning effect of the chameleon changing colour upon extra stimulus. Inspired by these special functionalities, patterned PCs have been developed and attracted considerable research interest due to their potential applications in sensors, catalysts, displays, information security and other fields. This review summarizes the preparation strategies, functional evolutions and applications of patterned PCs. First, a series of preparation strategies for PC patterns are summarized, including template-induced assembly and direct writing without a template. Subsequently, the research progress in patterned PCs is sorted based on the evolution of their functionality, such as inactive and responsive (reversible, immobilized and programmed) PC patterns. Various applications of patterned PCs are also described in detail, such as sensing devices with a high sensitivity and fast response, PC displays based on external field regulation, information security anti-counterfeiting devices and shape memory intelligent systems. Finally, the outlook and challenges regarding PC patterns are presented. This review provides a significant foundation for the construction of new functional materials based on patterned PCs.

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The article was received on 02 Sep 2019, accepted on 19 Nov 2019 and first published on 20 Nov 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9MH01389J
Mater. Horiz., 2019, Accepted Manuscript

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    Bio-inspired Photonic Crystal Pattern

    J. Wang, P. P. Wu and L. Jiang, Mater. Horiz., 2019, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9MH01389J

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