Table of Contents – Optical Biomimetics

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials


Chapter 1: Natural photonic structures: an overview


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Photonic structures found in nature

1.3 Examples of optical biomimetic devices

1.4 Biomimetic approaches to fabrication of optical devices

1.5 Conclusion

1.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 2: Optical applications of biomolecules


2.1 Introduction: biomimetics and biotechnology

2.2 Retinylidene proteins for optical devices

2.3 Applications of bacteriorhodopsin

2.4 Enhancing bacteriorhodopsin for device applications

2.5 Conclusions and future trends

2.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 3: Polarisation effects in natural photonic structures and their applications


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Principles of polarisation

3.3 Experimental techniques to study polarisation

3.4 Polarisation structures in insects

3.5 Bio-inspired applications: anti-counterfeiting patterns

3.6 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Biomimetic nanostructures for anti-reflection (AR) devices


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Anti-reflection (AR)

4.3 Gradient refractive index structures

4.4 Biomimetic photonic and anti-reflecting nanostructures

4.5 Future trends and conclusions

4.6 Acknowledgements

4.8 Appendix: glossary of terms

Chapter 5: Control of iridescence in natural photonic structures: the case of butterfly scales


5.1 Introduction to structural colour

5.2 Types of structural colour in butterflies

5.3 Control of iridescence

5.4 Perspectives on butterfly biomimetics

Chapter 6: Fabrication of nanostructures using natural synthesis: optical materials using silk


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Silk optics and photonics

6.3 Silk electronics and optoelectronics

6.4 Conclusion

Chapter 7: Fluorescence control in natural green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based photonic structures of reef corals


7.1 Introduction

7.2 Green fluorescent protein (GFP) structure and diversity

7.3 Photoactive fluorescent proteins (PAFPs)

7.4 Conclusion