Structural color and the lotus effect

Zhong Ze Gu, Hiroshi Uetsuka, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Rie Nakajima, Hiroshi Onishi, Akira Fujishima, Osamu Sato

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Dry and bright: To mimic the wings of the displayed Morpho butterfly, a new decorative material that exhibits both structural color and superhydrophobicity (the "lotus effect") was developed by taking advantage of the unique structural properties of an inverse opal film, which was fabricated by the self-assembly of polystyrene spheres and silica nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-897
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 24 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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