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  • Researchers mimic nature for fast, colorful 3D printing

    Inspired by nature, Illinois researchers developed synthetic structure-based color materials – like those found in chameleon skin – for polymer inks used in 3D printing.

    Inspired by nature, Illinois researchers developed synthetic structure-based color materials – like those found in chameleon skin – for polymer inks used in 3D printing.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Ying Diao, email yingdiao@illinois.edu.

    To reach Bijal Patel, email bbpatel2@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Tunable structural color of bottlebrush block copolymers through direct-write 3D printing from solution" is available from the U. of I. News Bureau

    Some of the technology discussed in this study was recently used by Patel and Diao to produce masks to combat the spread COVID-19.