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From discovery science to industrial application: Biomimetic colour engineering from nature to applications

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Colour obtained through structure, namely structural colour, is widespread in the animal and plant kingdom. In this webinar Professor Silvia Vignolini from the University of Cambridge will review recent advances to fabricate bio-mimetic photonic structures, including sustainable pigments and boosting the efficiency of bio-photoreactors.

The most brilliant colours in nature are obtained by structuring transparent materials on the scale of the wavelength of visible light. By designing the dimensions of such nanostructures, it is possible to achieve extremely intense colourations over the entire visible spectrum without using pigments or colourants.

Such photonic nanostructures are generally synthesised in ambient conditions using a limited range of biopolymers. Given these limitations, an amazing range of optical structures exists: from very ordered photonic structures, to partially disordered, to completely random ones.

Developing such biomimetic structures enables us to develop materials for the future using renewable resources and low-cost biopolymers whilst exploiting a circular economy approach.

Professor Silvia Vignolini will share her work on colour and materials based on biopolymers.

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