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Photonic polymer-blend structures and method for making

United States Patent

June 29, 2004
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The present invention comprises the formation of photonic polymer-blend structures having tunable optical and mechanical properties. The photonic polymer-blend structures comprise monomer units of spherical microparticles of a polymer-blend material wherein the spherical microparticles have surfaces partially merged with one another in a robust inter-particle bond having a tunable inter-particle separation or bond length sequentially attached in a desired and programmable architecture. The photonic polymer-blend structures of the present invention can be linked by several hundred individual particles sequentially linked to form complex three-dimensional structures or highly ordered two-dimensional arrays of 3D columns with 2D spacing.
Barnes; Michael D. (Oak Ridge, TN)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
10/ 325,112
December 20, 2002
Invention was made with government support under contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy to UT-Battelle, LLC., and the government has certain rights in the invention.