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Photonic Labyrinths: Two-Dimensional Dynamic Magnetic Assembly and in Situ Solidification

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posted on 19.02.2016 by Qiao Zhang, Michael Janner, Le He, Mingsheng Wang, Yongxing Hu, Yu Lu, Yadong Yin
Creating novel structures by self-assembly processes and fixing the resultant assemblies are both critical to the design and fabrication of functional materials through bottom-up approaches. We demonstrate magnetically induced self-assembly of 2D photonic labyrinth structures and their solidification through a sol–gel method. The photonic labyrinth structures can be patterned into more regular arrangements using nonmagnetic substrates. This work may provide a platform for fabricating novel materials and devices with complex morphologies and spatial configurations.