In this project, we developed a tunable plasmonic and non-plasmonic structural colour. The structural colour realized in this project was based on two geometries and materials. The first one was made of arrangement of periodic nano hole arrays perforated to the silicon wafer. It was found that changing the geometry of the holes and their 2D arrangement induces colour change. The second geometry was made of polymeric posts with circular or rectangular shape in which a thin metal layer was was deposited. There, changing the pitch of the polymeric posts, thickness of the metals and size of the posts enables colour adjustability. In contrary to the pigment based colorant, the developed structural colour is robust, non-toxic, durable and ultimately can be used in high resolution printing beyond the capability of ink-base printers. The developed structural colour can be used as a sustainable and environmental friendly alternative for counterfeit application, sub-diffraction optical sensor and decorative coating.
Examples of the results are attached as images to the report.
The overall objective of furthering the fellows career has been fulfilled, since I have been employed as Assistant Professor at Durham University, UK.