Cellulose ternary photonic crystal created by solution processing

Giovanni Manfredi, Claudia Mayrhofer, Gerald Kothleitner, Robert Schennach, Davide Comoretto

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For the first time, a multiplanar photonic crystal structure has been obtained using cellulose as a structural material. This all-polymer system, made of cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) is a ternary planar photonic crystal composed by 7 repeated trilayers produced by spin coating. Trimethylsilyl cellulose is used as a precursor to be converted to cellulose. Transverse Transmission Electron Microscopy analysis of our systems confirms the multilayered structure whose optical response can be theoretically accounted for. Preliminary results on the response of the photonic crystal to water vapors envisage the use of this system for humidity optical sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2853-2862
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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  • Application

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