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Natural Photonics and Bioinspiration

Natural Photonics and Bioinspiration

Copyright: 2021
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781630817978

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Photonic structures occurring in biological tissues such as butterfly wings, beetle elytra, or fish scales are responsible for a broad range of optical effects including iridescence, narrow band reflection, large solid-angle scattering, polarization, additive color mixing, fluid induced color changes, and controlled fluorescence. This book reviews research of biological photonic devices in accordance with the fundamental aspects of physical optics and environmental biology. It provides readers with an understanding of numerical modelling based on morphological and optical characterizations as well as the quantitative treatment of color vision. This forward-thinking book ties these concepts to the design and synthesis of bioinspired photonic devices and opens the door to the applications of nature’s lessons in the technical world.


This resource introduces a methodology for working with and utilizing bioinspiration. It includes the experimental and numerical tools necessary for the characterization and simulation of photonic structures and uses original concepts as examples, with a focus on bioinspired hygrochromatic materials. Professionals are brought up to speed on a variety of fabrication techniques and methods of synthesis all following a straightforward bottom-up or top-down approach. The reader will gain an understanding of the capability of bioinspiration to meet human needs. This book’s explanation of how natural photonics structures behave as efficient solar absorbers or thermal management devices makes it a useful resource for technical professionals in the field of energy and environment, and the concepts presented in this book also have applications in the designs of optical coatings, sensors, and light sources.

Part 1 – Basic concepts: Photonics in nature; Diversity and complexity of natural photonic devices; Part 2 – Natural photonic devices: a palette of effects: Color additive devices; Transparent devices; Structural color changes induced by contact with liquids; Other forms of structural color changes; Solar energy harvesting devices; Light emission management devices; Part 3 – Bioinspired photonic devices: design and fabrication: Design; Fabrication; Bio-inspired hygrochromic materials; Part 4 – Bioinspired applications: Optical displays; Antireflective coatings; Anti-counterfeiting; Sensing; Light harvesting; Light extraction; Conclusion.
  • Olivier Deparis

    is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Namur in Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in applied sciences from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons.

  • Sébastien R. Mouchet

    is a postdoctoral researcher at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter and the Department of Physics, University of Namur. He received Ph.D. from the University of Namur.

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