Artificial opal photonic crystals and inverse opal structures - fundamentals and applications from optics to energy storage

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dc.contributor.author Armstrong, Eileen
dc.contributor.author O'Dwyer, Colm
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-12T12:38:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-12T12:38:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-20
dc.identifier.citation ARMSTRONG, E. & O'DWYER, C. 2015. Artificial opal photonic crystals and inverse opal structures - fundamentals and applications from optics to energy storage. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 3, 6109-6143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5TC01083G en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.issued 24 en
dc.identifier.startpage 6109 en
dc.identifier.endpage 6143 en
dc.identifier.issn 2050-7526
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2179
dc.identifier.doi 10.1039/C5TC01083G
dc.description.abstract Photonic crystals (PhCs) influence the propagation of light by their periodic variation in dielectric contrast or refractive index. This review outlines the attractive optical qualities inherent to most PhCs namely the presence of full or partial photonic band gaps and the possibilities they present towards the inhibition of spontaneous emission and the localization of light. Colloidal self-assembly of polymer or silica spheres is one of the most favoured and low cost methods for the formation of PhCs as artificial opals. The state of the art in growth methods currently used for colloidal self-assembly are discussed and the use of these structures for the formation of inverse opal architectures is then presented. Inverse opal structures with their porous and interconnected architecture span several technological arenas - optics and optoelectronics, energy storage, communications, sensor and biological applications. This review presents several of these applications and an accessible overview of the physics of photonic crystal optics that may be useful for opal and inverse opal researchers in general, with a particular emphasis on the recent use of these three-dimensional porous structures in electrochemical energy storage technology. Progress towards all-optical integrated circuits may lie with the concepts of the photonic crystal, but the unique optical and structural properties of these materials and the convergence of PhC and energy storage disciplines may facilitate further developments and non-destructive optical analysis capabilities for (electro)chemical processes that occur within a wide variety of materials in energy storage research. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (RS/2010/2920); Science Foundation Ireland (SFI Grant 07/BK/1232a-STTF11) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Royal Society of Chemistry en
dc.rights © 2015, the Authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ en
dc.subject Chemical analysis en
dc.subject Crystallography en
dc.subject Energy gap en
dc.subject Energy storage en
dc.subject Inverse problems en
dc.subject Light en
dc.subject Materials properties en
dc.subject Photonic band gap en
dc.subject Physical optics en
dc.subject Refractive index en
dc.subject Self assembly en
dc.subject Silicate minerals en
dc.subject Biological applications en
dc.subject Colloidal self-assembly en
dc.subject Dielectric contrasts en
dc.subject Electrochemical energy storage en
dc.subject Inverse-opal structure en
dc.subject Photonic crystals en
dc.subject PhCs en
dc.subject Propagation of lights en
dc.title Artificial opal photonic crystals and inverse opal structures - fundamentals and applications from optics to energy storage en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Colm O'Dwyer, Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-2723 Email: c.odwyer@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology en
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Materials Chemistry C en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress c.odwyer@ucc.ie en


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