Volume 94 Issue 21 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 23, 2016

Making bright colors out of thin air

Precisely placed airholes in a polymer produce matte structural colors
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: materials, structural color, colloidal array, nanostructures

Certain vibrant colors found in nature, such as the blues and purples in bird feathers and butterfly wings, are created not by pigments but by physical nanostructures that interact with light, a phenomenon known as structural color. Such colors are often shimmery, and the reds and greens typically carry a blue tint—both properties that limit using structural color to make paints and coatings, where matte colors are often the goal. Shin-Hyun Kim . . .

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