New dimension in colour


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Some of the most vibrantly coloured creatures in the animal kingdom don’t owe their amazing colours to pigment. Instead, they cover themselves with microscopic structures that fine tune the way they reflect light.

Now, these animals are inspiring a new generation of nanotechnology.

Understanding why these structures occur in nature, and how we can learn to use them, has inspired the University of Melbourne’s BioInspiration Hallmark Research Initiative, a project that takes principles underpinning biological systems and applies them creatively to technology and design.

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Article by Kaih Mitchell and Matt Thomas. Featured: Prof Devi Stuart-Fox and Prof Ann Roberts.

Posted: 10 December 2019

First published on 9 May 2022.

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