Generating Lithographically-Defined Tunable Printed Structural Color

Benjamin Michaelis, David R. E. Snoswell, Nicholas A.W. Bell, Peter Spahn, Goetz Peter Hellmann, Christopher Edward Finlayson, Jeremy J. Baumberg

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Early online date22 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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