"Smart" Photonic Crystals

"Smart" Photonic Crystals

Photonic crystals are an ubiquitous source of structural color in nature and promising building blocks for all-optical integrated circuits and filters guiding the propagation of light. Our research draws on the bio-inspired design of multidimensional photonic nanostructures and aims at the realization of stimuli-responsive photonic crystals as label-free detection platforms operating as tunable color sensors. Along these lines, we develop ”smart“ photonic crystals using a wide scope of inherently functional materials such as metal-organic frameworks and swellable layered materials, in order to create miniature optical sensors translating material response into color read-out.

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