For the first time, a multiplanar photonic crystal structure has been obtained using cellulose as a structural material. This all-polymer system, made of cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) is a ternary planar photonic crystal composed by 7 repeated trilayers produced by spin coating. Trimethylsilyl cellulose is used as a precursor to be converted to cellulose. Transverse Transmission Electron Microscopy analysis of our systems confirms the multilayered structure whose optical response can be theoretically accounted for. Preliminary results on the response of the photonic crystal to water vapors envisage the use of this system for humidity optical sensing.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
Fields of Expertise
- Advanced Materials Science
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