Structural Colors

Natalia Dushkina, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Structural colors originate in the scattering of light from ordered microstructures, thin films, and even irregular arrays of electrically small particles, but they are not produced by pigments. Examples include the flashing sparks of colors in opals and the brilliant hues of some butterflies such as Morpho rhetenor. Structural colors can be implemented industrially to produce structurally colored paints, fabrics, cosmetics, and sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineered Biomimicry
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)9780124159952
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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