Macroporous materials - Electrochemically grown photonic crystals

P. V. Braun, P. Wiltzius

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Colloidal crystallization has been explored for several years as a fabrication method for photonic crystals. While macroporous materials grown with silica or polymer colloids might exhibit pleasing opalescence, truly novel photonic behavior such as photonic band-gaps, is expected only for very high index of refraction contrast systems. This can possibly be achieved through electrodeposition of semiconductors, polymers, or metals in the interstitial space of self-assembled colloids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-123
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Colloidal self-assembly
  • Electrodeposition
  • Macroporous
  • Microperiodic
  • Photonic band-gap materials
  • Photonic crystals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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