The Quest for the Luminescent Photonic Crystal
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The aim of this project is to create a structure that combines the photoluminescent properties of semiconductor NCs with the photonic properties of a photonic crystal. The building blocks of a photonic crystal must be sized on the same scale as wavelengths of light so semiconductor NCs are too small for this purpose. Instead we plan to realise the photonic crystal through the self-assembly of crystalline colloidal assemblies of NCs, known as supraparticles (SPs).