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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17831–17838

Preparation of iridescent colloidal crystal coatings with variable structural colors

Hailin Cong, Bing Yu, Shaopeng Wang, Limin Qi, Jilei Wang, and Yurong Ma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17831-17838 (2013)

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Iridescent colloidal crystal coatings with variable structural colors were fabricated by incorporating carbon black nanoparticles (CB-NPs) into the voids of polystyrene (PS) colloidal crystals. The structural color of the colloid crystal coatings was not only greatly enhanced after the composition but also varied with observation angles. By changing the diameter of monodisperse PS colloids in the composites, colloidal crystal coatings with three primary colors for additive or subtractive combination were obtained. After incorporation of the PS/CB-NPs hybrid coatings into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix, manmade opal jewelry with variable iridescent colors was made facilely.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2013
Published: July 18, 2013

Hailin Cong, Bing Yu, Shaopeng Wang, Limin Qi, Jilei Wang, and Yurong Ma, "Preparation of iridescent colloidal crystal coatings with variable structural colors," Opt. Express 21, 17831-17838 (2013)

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