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New Biomimetics Study Findings Have Been Reported by Investigators at University of California (Biomimetic Pieris rapae's Nanostructure and Its Use...

August 6, 2014



New Biomimetics Study Findings Have Been Reported by Investigators at University of California (Biomimetic Pieris rapae's Nanostructure and Its Use as a Simple Sucrose Sensor)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators publish new report on Biomimetics. According to news reporting originating in Irvine, California, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Biomimetics often provides efficient ways to create a product incorporating novel properties. Here we present the replication of the Pieris rapae butterfly optical structure."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "This butterfly has white wings with black spots. The white coloration is produced by light scattering on pterin beads ranging from 100 to 500 nm whereas black spots correspond to areas without pterin beads, thus revealing a highly pigmented layer underneath. In order to mimic the butterfly wing structure, we deposited SU-8 beads produced by electrospraying on a black absorbing layer made of black SU-8. We thereby replicated the optical effect observed on Pieris rapae. Additional experiments showed that the white coloration replication is a structural color."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Finally, we further demonstrate that these optical engineered surfaces can be used for sucrose sensing in the range of 1 g/L to 250 g/L."

For more information on this research see: Biomimetic Pieris rapae's Nanostructure and Its Use as a Simple Sucrose Sensor. Micromachines, 2014;5(2):216-227. Micromachines can be contacted at: Mdpi Ag, Postfach, Ch-4005 Basel, Switzerland (see also Biomimetics).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D. Bonzon, University of California, Mech & Aerosp Engn Department, Irvine, CA 92617, United States. Additional authors for this research include R. Martinez-Duarte, P. Renaud and M. Madou.

Keywords for this news article include: Irvine, California, Biomimetics, United States, Bioengineering, Bionanotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC


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