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Authors: László P. Biró, Zsolt Bálint, Zofia Vértesy, Krisztián Kertész, Géza I. Márk, Virginie Lousse, and Jean-Pol Vigneron

The complex photonic crystal type nanoarchitectures found in the wing scales of the male butterfly Cyanophrys remus were investigated structurally by electron microscopy and optically by reflectance spectroscopy. Both the vivid metallic blue of the dorsal scales and the matt, pea-green coloration of the ventral scales are attributed to photonic crystal type structures composed of chitin and air. The dorsal scales are single crystalline, while the ventral ones contain a large number of randomly oriented micron size single crystalline grains of face centered cubic inverse opal. The remarkable complexity and efficiency of biologic photonic crystals may provide clues in designing artificial structures with similar parameters.

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Nanopages
Authors: E. Zsolt Horváth, A. Antal Koós, Krisztián Kertész, Zofia Vértesy, György Molnár, Mária Ádám, Csaba Dücső, József Gyulai, and P. László Biró

Gas sensing properties of different carbon nanotube (mostly multiwall, MWCNT) mats, based on electrical resistance measurement were investigated in a simple arrangement and found that the sensitivity for different gases or vapors highly depends on the pre-treatment and functionalization of nanotubes. The selectivity of the sensing was demonstrated by building a vapor recognition system based on an array of multitube sensors made of differently functionalized MWCNTs.

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