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Keywords:

  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD), atmospheric pressure;
  • Composites;
  • Lithography, electron-beam;
  • Photonic crystals, colloidal;
  • Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)
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Lateral control of the fabrication of selectively inverted opals using polymer–silica composites is reported. Poly(methyl methacrylate)–SiO2 composite opals obtained by chemical vapor deposition can be patterned by electron-beam lithography and developed to produce silica inverse opals with well-defined extrinsic defects (see Figure).