Photonic Bandgap Composites (pages 1898–1901)
S. H. Foulger, P. Jiang, Y. Ying, A. C. Lattam, D. W. Smith Jr. and J. Ballato
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2001 | DOI: 10.1002/1521-4095(200112)13:24<1898::AID-ADMA1898>3.0.CO;2-V
A procedure for generating robust polymeric composites that exhibit photonic bandgap (PBG) and mechanochromic properties is presented (see Figure). The long-range order in colloidal arrays is stabilized through encapsulation in a robust and water-free matrix. These systems may be useful in optical sensors or switching applications.