Tunable alumina 2D photonic-crystal structures via biomineralization of peacock tail feathers

Yonggang Jiang, Rui Wang, Lin Feng, Jian Li, Zhonglie An, Deyuan Zhang

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Peacock tail feathers with subtle periodic nanostructures exhibit diverse striking brilliancy, which can be applied as natural templates to fabricate artificial photonic crystals (PhCs) via a biomineralization method. Alumina photonic-crystal structures are successfully synthesized via an immersion and two-step calcination process. The lattice constants of the artificial PhCs are greatly reduced compared to their natural matrices. The lattice constants are tunable by modifying the final annealing conditions in the biomineralization process. The reflection spectra of the alumina photonic-crystal structures are measured, which is related to their material and structural parameters. This work suggests a facile fabrication process to construct alumina PhCs with a high-temperature resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-494
Number of pages5
JournalOptical Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomineralization
  • Nanostructure
  • Peacock feather
  • Photonic crystal
  • Reflection spectrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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