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Optical Metamaterials by Polymer Self-assembly

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Organization address
address: AVENUE DE L EUROPE 20
postcode: 1700

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 187˙419 €
 EC max contribution 187˙419 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2018-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG CH (FRIBOURG) coordinator 187˙419.00


 Project objective

Metamaterials are artificially structured materials whose interaction with electromagnetic waves is determined by their structure rather than by their chemical composition. The resulting material properties are not found in nature. Metamaterials that operate at optical frequencies, known as optical metamaterials, have attracted special attention due to their potentially ground-breaking technical applications such as sub-diffraction imaging or invisibility cloaking. The creation of optical metamaterials remains technologically challenging, as it requires fabricating nanometre scale features over macroscopic areas. Top-down lithographic techniques were utilized to create infrared metamaterials, and negative refraction was found in parts of the visible spectrum. However, state-of-the-art lithography is limited by the accessible feature sizes and often results in only microscopic patterning areas. Furthermore, these optical metamaterials aren’t truly three-dimensional (3D) as they are limited to a narrow range of light propagation directions.

This research project will investigate an alternative bottom-up approach toward the fabrication of 3D optical metamaterials by replicating continuous network structures of self-assembled block copolymers. The ultimate goal is to realize a material that exhibits a negative refractive index in the visible optical spectrum. Advanced in situ scattering techniques will be used to investigate the self-assembly of 3D network structures by means of well-controlled annealing experiments. This will provide important insights that will help to overcome the limitations of “self-assembled” optical metamaterials made by current empirical approaches. The significance of this research stems from the intended fundamental understanding of self-assembled 3D block copolymer networks based on in-situ structural characterization, which will have a profound impact on the rational design and engineering strategies of future 3D optical metamaterials.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Ansgar Sehlinger, Nikolai Bartnick, Ilja Gunkel, Michael A. R. Meier, Lucas Montero de Espinosa
Phase Segregation in Supramolecular Polymers Based on Telechelics Synthesized via Multicomponent Reactions
published pages: 1700302, ISSN: 1022-1352, DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700302
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 218/22 2019-06-13
2016 Saba, Matthias; Dehmel, Raphael; Gunkel, Ilja; Wilkinson, Timothy D.; Wilts, Bodo D.; Gu, Yibei; Steiner, Ullrich; Dolan, James A.; Wiesner, Ulrich; Hess, Ortwin; Baumberg, Jeremy J.
Gyroid Optical Metamaterials: Calculating the Effective Permittivity of Multidomain Samples
published pages: 1888–1896, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00400
ACS Photonics September 6, 2016 (Web) 2019-06-13
2017 Man Yan Eric Yau, Ilja Gunkel, Brigitte Hartmann-Azanza, Wajiha Akram, Yong Wang, Thomas Thurn-Albrecht, Martin Steinhart
Semicrystalline Block Copolymers in Rigid Confining Nanopores
published pages: 8637-8646, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01567
Macromolecules 50/21 2019-06-13
2017 Michael G. Fischer, Xiao Hua, Bodo D. Wilts, Ilja Gunkel, Thomas M. Bennett, Ullrich Steiner
Mesoporous Titania Microspheres with Highly Tunable Pores as an Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries
published pages: 22388-22397, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03155
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9/27 2019-06-13
2017 Raphael Dehmel, James A. Dolan, Yibei Gu, Ulrich Wiesner, Timothy D. Wilkinson, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Ullrich Steiner, Bodo D. Wilts, Ilja Gunkel
Optical Imaging of Large Gyroid Grains in Block Copolymer Templates by Confined Crystallization
published pages: 6255-6262, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01528
Macromolecules 50/16 2019-06-13

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