Generating Lithographically-Defined Tunable Printed Structural Color


  • The authors thank Prof. Brian Vincent (University of Bristol, UK) and Dr. Chris Bower (Nokia Research Cambridge) for helpful discussions. This work was supported by UK EPSRC Grants EP/G060649/1, EP/G037221/1 (Nano DTC), and EP/H027130/1. Supporting Information is available from the Wiley Online Library or from the author.

Nano-Photonics Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK



A tunable method for generating non-fading printed structural color is demonstrated. The process involves the rapid generation and self-assembly of particle strings, using standard colloidal polymeric particles and AC electric fields, with no requirement for a “wash-out” step. By using an organic UV-curable medium, we demonstrate that these tunable structures can be permanently fixed in a flexible polymer matrix and thus are suitable for printing applications.