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Paper-supported elastomeric opal films for enhanced and reversible solvatochromic response

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Christian G. Schäfer, Markus Biesalski, Goetz P. Hellmann, Matthias Rehahn, Markus Gallei

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Ernst-Berl Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Petersenstraße 22, Darmstadt D-64287, Germany

J. Nanophoton. 7(1), 070599 (Oct 29, 2013). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.7.070599
History: Received August 7, 2013; Revised October 8, 2013; Accepted October 9, 2013
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Abstract.  Paper-supported solvent-responsive elastomeric opal films based on hard-soft core-interlayer-shell spheres featuring remarkably distinct iridescent reflection colors were investigated. By using extrusion and compression molding, elastomeric opal films could be obtained, which were incorporated into a porous paper sheet to build robust composites. Swelling of the opal paper composites caused by various solvents was accompanied with a tremendous photonic band gap shift of the reflection colors. The combination of the extraordinary optical properties of the elastomeric opal films used with the remarkable features of highly porous paper can be the basis for a whole family of polymer-based soft sensors featuring a fascinating optical, fast and reversible response.

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Christian G. Schäfer ; Markus Biesalski ; Goetz P. Hellmann ; Matthias Rehahn and Markus Gallei
"Paper-supported elastomeric opal films for enhanced and reversible solvatochromic response", J. Nanophoton. 7(1), 070599 (Oct 29, 2013). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.7.070599


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