Optical Biomimetics event to be held in London this month

22 February 2017, Imperial College London, UK

Ever since humans contemplated replicating the flight of birds, biomimetics has sought solutions to complicated problems by examining how Nature, with the advantage of several millions of years of evolution, has tackled them before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in optics where some of the rich optical behaviour presented through evolutionary nano-structuring can now be replicated to our advantage in the laboratory.  Structural colouration of morpho butterfly wings, for example, was recently commercialized to produce interferometric modulation to define pixel colouration in displays.

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Professor Pete Vukusic (Exeter)
  • Dr Bruno Frka-Petesic (Cambridge)
  • Professor Andrew Parker (Oxford)
  • Dr Guillaume Gomard (Karlsruhe)
  • Dr Stuart Boden (Southampton)
  • Professor Helge-Otto Fabritius (Düsseldorf, Germany)

This one day meeting sponsored by the Institute of Physics Optical Group and hosted at Imperial College, seeks to share recent insights on optical biomimecry from groups from the UK and continental Europe. Both commercial and research aspects of Biomimetics will be considered at the meeting.

Find out more at Optical Biomimetics.

[Image Credit: Institute of Physics]