Financial support for this work came from ArboraNano, NORAM Engineering & Constructors Ltd., and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). We are grateful to FPInnovations for providing cellulose nanocrystals. The photograph of the beetle (Figure 1 a) is courtesy of the Spencer Entomological Collection, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC. Photographer: Don Griffiths.
Flexible Mesoporous Photonic Resins with Tunable Chiral Nematic Structures†
Article first published online: 26 JUL 2013
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 52, Issue 34, pages 8921–8924, August 19, 2013
How to Cite
Khan, M. K., Giese, M., Yu, M., Kelly, J. A., Hamad, W. Y. and MacLachlan, M. J. (2013), Flexible Mesoporous Photonic Resins with Tunable Chiral Nematic Structures. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52: 8921–8924. doi: 10.1002/anie.201303829
- Issue published online: 14 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 26 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 4 MAY 2013
- NORAM Engineering & Constructors Ltd.
- German Academic Exchange Service
- liquid crystalline template;
- mesoporous materials;
Colors of nature: Mimicking of the structural colors of nature was achieved by the preparation of easily accessible chiral nematic polymer composites based on phenol–formaldehyde resins templated by cellulose nanocrystals. Removal of the template led to mesoporous polymer films with unique optical and physical properties. The potential application of these materials in optical sensors was also demonstrated.