Replication of biotemplates for the development of highly efficient biomimetic optical metamaterials and devices

Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Carlo G. Pantano

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Biomimetics involves the implementation of ideas and concepts from nature in different technoscientific fields. Aiming at the further development of biomimetic optical metamaterials and devices, we devised the conformal-evaporated-filmby- rotation (CEFR) technique to fabricate inorganic replicas of biotemplates with high reliability and fidelity at the micro- and nano-scales. Some potential applications include high-sensitivity chemical sensors and biosensors, textured coatings for solar cells and other energy-harvesting structures, environmental sensors, high-speed motion detectors, surveillance systems, cameras for image-guided surgeries, as well as for many clinical treatments that can be controlled by implanted light-delivery devices. Moreover, we demonstrated the successful conformal coating of the external surface of a MEMS comb resonator by the CEFR technique, thereby extending application to microelectronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number720507
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2009
EventAdvanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics II - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2009Jan 28 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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