Structural colors, cosmetics, and fabrics

Natalia Dushkina, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Structural colors are non-pigment colors that originate from the scattering of light from ordered microstructures, thin films, and even irregular arrays of scatterers. Examples include the flashing sparks of colors in opals and the brilliant hues of some butterflies such as Morpho rhetenor. Structural colors arise in nature from one or more of a palette of physical mechanisms that are now understood quite well and can be implemented industrially to produce structurally colored paints, fabrics, and cosmetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomimetics and Bioinspiration
StatePublished - Oct 26 2009
EventBiomimetics and Bioinspiration - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2009Aug 3 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherBiomimetics and Bioinspiration
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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