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An Ingenious Super Light Trapping Surface Templated from Butterfly Wing Scales

Overview of attention for article published in Nanoscale Research Letters, August 2015
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Title
An Ingenious Super Light Trapping Surface Templated from Butterfly Wing Scales
Published in
Nanoscale Research Letters, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s11671-015-1052-7
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Authors

Zhiwu Han, Bo Li, Zhengzhi Mu, Meng Yang, Shichao Niu, Junqiu Zhang, Luquan Ren

Abstract

Based on the super light trapping property of butterfly Trogonoptera brookiana wings, the SiO2 replica of this bionic functional surface was successfully synthesized using a simple and highly effective synthesis method combining a sol-gel process and subsequent selective etching. Firstly, the reflectivity of butterfly wing scales was carefully examined. It was found that the whole reflectance spectroscopy of the butterfly wings showed a lower level (less than 10 %) in the visible spectrum. Thus, it was confirmed that the butterfly wings possessed a super light trapping effect. Afterwards, the morphologies and detailed architectures of the butterfly wing scales were carefully investigated using the ultra-depth three-dimensional (3D) microscope and field emission scanning electronic microscopy (FESEM). It was composed by the parallel ridges and quasi-honeycomb-like structure between them. Based on the biological properties and function above, an exact SiO2 negative replica was fabricated through a synthesis method combining a sol-gel process and subsequent selective etching. At last, the comparative analysis of morphology feature size and the reflectance spectroscopy between the SiO2 negative replica and the flat plate was conducted. It could be concluded that the SiO2 negative replica inherited not only the original super light trapping architectures, but also the super light trapping characteristics of bio-template. This work may open up an avenue for the design and fabrication of super light trapping materials and encourage people to look for more super light trapping architectures in nature.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 3%
India 1 3%
Unknown 33 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 31%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 11%
Other 4 11%
Student > Bachelor 4 11%
Researcher 4 11%
Other 5 14%
Unknown 3 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Materials Science 13 37%
Engineering 8 23%
Design 2 6%
Psychology 1 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 3%
Other 5 14%
Unknown 5 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 51. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 April 2018.
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#311,132
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Outputs from Nanoscale Research Letters
#4
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#16,425
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Outputs of similar age from Nanoscale Research Letters
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