Controlled, bio-inspired self-assembly of cellulose-based chiral reflectors

Ahu Gumrah Dumanli, Gen Kamita, Jasper Landman, Hanne van der Kooij, Beverley J. Glover, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Ullrich Steiner, Silvia Vignolini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

108 Citations (Scopus)


The self-assembly process of photonic structures made of cellulose nanocrystals is studied in detail by locally monitoring and controlling water evaporation. Three different stages during the evaporation process are identified. Spectroscopy quantifies the amount of disorder in the fabricated samples. Control of this process enables the selection of a range of different colors starting from the same suspension, providing a facile, sustainable route for the manufacture of structural color.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-650
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomimetics
  • Cellulose
  • Cellulose nanocrystals
  • Chirality
  • Photonics
  • Self assembly

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Controlled, bio-inspired self-assembly of cellulose-based chiral reflectors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this