Biological and biologically inspired photonic materials and devices

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We discuss the increasing effort to adopt biological and biologically inspired concepts to solve problems in photonic materials and devices. This effort ranges from exploiting fundamental material properties, as in fluorescent dyes and DNA-derived polymers, to studying structures that interact strongly with photons, exemplified by butterfly wings. An emerging area of interest is the combination of biological or biologically derived materials with organic or inorganic synthetic materials to achieve material systems with unprecedented performance. We discuss several examples from our recent work including erbium-doped solgel/ DNA-CTMA, diatom photonics, and microring resonator based sensing of biological objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanobiosystems
Subtitle of host publicationProcessing, Characterization, and Applications VI
StatePublished - 2013
EventNanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications VI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2013Aug 28 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherNanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • DNA
  • biophotonics
  • biosensing
  • microring resonators
  • microrings
  • optical amplifier
  • photonic crystals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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