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Sustainable routes for Smart photonic Materials

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

Structural colour arises from constructive interference of light that is reflected at interfaces within periodic arrays of transparent materials. Their optical response is well understood and widely described in various biological organisms. Despite the maturity of the research field, many important questions remain completely unsolved. In order to elucidate the design principles that underlie the development of such structures in nature, I aim to study the assembly and optical response of both natural and bio-mimetic materials made by using the same materials as nature: cellulose and chitin. Bio-mimetic using natural building blocks will also reveal if disorder, always present in natural structures, is a direct consequence of intrinsic material limitations or if it has a biological significance. Furthermore, understanding the assembly of natural materials will also allow the production of low cost, biodegradable photonic materials.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Bodo D. Wilts, Paula J. Rudall, Edwige Moyroud, Tom Gregory, Yu Ogawa, Silvia Vignolini, Ullrich Steiner, Beverley J. Glover
Ultrastructure and optics of the prism-like petal epidermal cells of Eschscholzia californica (California poppy)
published pages: 1124-1133, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.15229
New Phytologist 219/3 2020-01-21
2018 Mikko Poutanen, Giulia Guidetti, Tina I. Gröschel, Oleg V. Borisov, Silvia Vignolini, Olli Ikkala, Andre H. Gröschel
Block Copolymer Micelles for Photonic Fluids and Crystals
published pages: 3149-3158, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b09070
ACS Nano 12/4 2020-01-21
2017 Soraya Caixeiro, Matilda Peruzzo, Olimpia D. Onelli, Silvia Vignolini, Riccardo Sapienza
Disordered Cellulose-Based Nanostructures for Enhanced Light Scattering
published pages: 7885-7890, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b15986
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9/9 2020-01-21
2017 Bodo D. Wilts, Xiaoyuan Sheng, Mirko Holler, Ana Diaz, Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Jörg Raabe, Robert Hoppe, Shu-Hao Liu, Richard Langford, Olimpia D. Onelli, Duyu Chen, Salvatore Torquato, Ullrich Steiner, Christian G. Schroer, Silvia Vignolini, Alessandro Sepe
Evolutionary-Optimized Photonic Network Structure in White Beetle Wing Scales
published pages: 1702057, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702057
Advanced Materials 2020-01-21
2018 Villads Egede Johansen, Laura Catón, Raditijo Hamidjaja, Els Oosterink, Bodo D. Wilts, Torben Sølbeck Rasmussen, Michael Mario Sherlock, Colin J. Ingham, Silvia Vignolini
Genetic manipulation of structural color in bacterial colonies
published pages: 2652-2657, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1716214115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/11 2020-01-21
2018 Silvia Vignolini, Nico Bruns
Bioinspiration Across All Length Scales of Materials
published pages: 1801687, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201801687
Advanced Materials 30/19 2020-01-21
2017 Richard M. Parker, Giulia Guidetti, Cyan A. Williams, Tianheng Zhao, Aurimas Narkevicius, Silvia Vignolini, Bruno Frka-Petesic
The Self-Assembly of Cellulose Nanocrystals: Hierarchical Design of Visual Appearance
published pages: 1704477, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704477
Advanced Materials 2020-01-21
2017 Edwige Moyroud, Tobias Wenzel, Rox Middleton, Paula J. Rudall, Hannah Banks, Alison Reed, Greg Mellers, Patrick Killoran, M. Murphy Westwood, Ullrich Steiner, Silvia Vignolini, Beverley J. Glover
Disorder in convergent floral nanostructures enhances signalling to bees
published pages: 469-474, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature24285
Nature 550/7677 2020-01-21
2016 Giulia Guidetti, Siham Atifi, Silvia Vignolini, Wadood Y. Hamad
Flexible Photonic Cellulose Nanocrystal Films
published pages: 10042-10047, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603386
Advanced Materials 28/45 2020-01-21
2017 Chris J. Chandler, Bodo D. Wilts, Juliet Brodie, Silvia Vignolini
Structural Color in Marine Algae
published pages: 1600646, ISSN: 2195-1071, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201600646
Advanced Optical Materials 5/5 2020-01-21
2016 Gen Kamita, Bruno Frka-Petesic, Antoine Allard, Marielle Dargaud, Katie King, Ahu Gumrah Dumanli, Silvia Vignolini
Biocompatible and Sustainable Optical Strain Sensors for Large-Area Applications
published pages: , ISSN: 2195-1071, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201600451
Advanced Optical Materials 2020-01-21
2018 Villads Egede Johansen, Olimpia Domitilla Onelli, Lisa Maria Steiner, Silvia Vignolini
Photonics in Nature: From Order to Disorder
published pages: 53-89, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74144-4_3
2017 Bruno Frka-Petesic, Giulia Guidetti, Gen Kamita, Silvia Vignolini
Controlling the Photonic Properties of Cholesteric Cellulose Nanocrystal Films with Magnets
published pages: 1701469, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701469
Advanced Materials 29/32 2020-01-21
2018 Dong-Po Song, Gianni Jacucci, Feyza Dundar, Aditi Naik, Hua-Feng Fei, Silvia Vignolini, James J. Watkins
Photonic Resins: Designing Optical Appearance via Block Copolymer Self-Assembly
published pages: 2395-2400, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02288
Macromolecules 51/6 2020-01-21
2017 Olimpia D. Onelli, Thomas van de Kamp, Jeremy N. Skepper, Janet Powell, Tomy dos Santos Rolo, Tilo Baumbach, Silvia Vignolini
Development of structural colour in leaf beetles
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01496-8
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-01-21
2016 Richard M. Parker, Bruno Frka-Petesic, Giulia Guidetti, Gen Kamita, Gioele Consani, Chris Abell, Silvia Vignolini
Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Cellulose Nanocrystals in a Confined Geometry
published pages: 8443-8449, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b03355
ACS Nano 10/9 2020-01-21
2017 B. D. Wilts, A. G. Dumanli, R. Middleton, P. Vukusic, S. Vignolini
Invited Article: Chiral optics of helicoidal cellulose nanocrystal films
published pages: 40801, ISSN: 2378-0967, DOI: 10.1063/1.4978387
APL Photonics 2/4 2020-01-21
2016 André Espinha, Giulia Guidetti, María C. Serrano, Bruno Frka-Petesic, Ahu Gümrah Dumanli, Wadood Y. Hamad, Álvaro Blanco, Cefe López, Silvia Vignolini
Shape Memory Cellulose-Based Photonic Reflectors
published pages: 31935-31940, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b10611
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8/46 2020-01-21
2018 Matti S. Toivonen, Olimpia D. Onelli, Gianni Jacucci, Ville Lovikka, Orlando J. Rojas, Olli Ikkala, Silvia Vignolini
Anomalous-Diffusion-Assisted Brightness in White Cellulose Nanofibril Membranes
published pages: 1704050, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704050
Advanced Materials 30/16 2020-01-21
2017 Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Jan Mertens, Hendrik Hölscher, Silvia Vignolini
Scalable and controlled self-assembly of aluminum-based random plasmonic metasurfaces
published pages: e17015, ISSN: 2047-7538, DOI: 10.1038/lsa.2017.15
Light: Science & Applications 6/7 2020-01-21
2018 Julia Syurik, Gianni Jacucci, Olimpia D. Onelli, Hendrik Hölscher, Silvia Vignolini
Bio-inspired Highly Scattering Networks via Polymer Phase Separation
published pages: 1706901, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201706901
Advanced Functional Materials 2020-01-21
2017 S. J. Eichhorn, S. S. Rahatekar, S. Vignolini, A. H. Windle
New horizons for cellulose nanotechnology
published pages: 20170200, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0200
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 376/2112 2020-01-21
2018 Hsin-Ling Liang, Mélanie M. Bay, Roberto Vadrucci, Charles H. Barty-King, Jialong Peng, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Michael F. L. De Volder, Silvia Vignolini
Roll-to-roll fabrication of touch-responsive cellulose photonic laminates
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07048-6
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-01-21
2018 Yang Lan, Alessio Caciagli, Giulia Guidetti, Ziyi Yu, Ji Liu, Villads E. Johansen, Marlous Kamp, Chris Abell, Silvia Vignolini, Oren A. Scherman, Erika Eiser
Unexpected stability of aqueous dispersions of raspberry-like colloids
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05560-3
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-01-21

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