Nanoassembly of Polydisperse Photonic Crystals Based on Binary and Ternary Polymer Opal Alloys

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  • Qibin Zhao(Author)
    University of Cambridge
  • Chris Finlayson(Author)
  • Christian G. Schafer(Author)
    Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Peter Spahn(Author)
    Deutsches Kunststoff-Institut
  • Markus Gallei(Author)
    Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Lars Herrmann(Author)
    University of Cambridge
  • Andrei Petukhov(Author)
    Utrecht University
  • Jeremy J. Baumberg(Author)
    University of Cambridge
Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1494-1500
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Issue number10
Early online date18 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016
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Ordered binary and ternary photonic crystals, composed of different sized polymer-composite spheres with diameter ratios up to 120%, are generated using bending-induced oscillatory shearing. This viscoelastic system creates polydisperse equilibrium structures, producing mixed opaline colored films with greatly reduced requirements for particle monodispersity, and very different sphere size ratios compared to other methods of nanoassembly.


  • alloys, nanoparticles, phototonic crystals, polymers