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Synthetic opal as a template for nanostructured materials
Author(s): Paul A. White; Lindsey Heales; Richard L. Barber; Terence W. Turney
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Paper Abstract

Synthetic opal has been used as a template for making 3D inverse opals of silica, titania and silicone rubber. The materials are mesoporous with connected pores and channels and have better opalescence than the opal templates they replace. Thin films of synthetic opal have been grown onto glass substrates by spin coating and these have also been used as templates for making thin films of inverse opal and as masks for depositing metal nanodots. This method produced hexagonally patterned 50 nm gold dots on a flat graphite substrate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4234, Smart Materials, (6 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424412
Show Author Affiliations
Paul A. White, CSIRO (Australia)
Lindsey Heales, CSIRO (Australia)
Richard L. Barber, CSIRO (Australia)
Terence W. Turney, CSIRO (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4234:
Smart Materials
Alan R. Wilson; Hiroshi Asanuma, Editor(s)

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