Morpho peleides butterfly wing imprints as structural colour stamp

Sigrid Zobl, Willi Salvenmoser, Thorsten Schwerte, Ille C. Gebeshuber, Manfred Schreiner

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Abstract

This study presents the replication of a color-causing nanostructure based on the upper laminae of numerous cover scales of Morpho peleides butterfly wings and obtained solely by imprinting their upper-wing surfaces. Our results indicate that a simple casting technique using a novel integrated release agent can obtain a large positive replica using negative imprints via Polyvinylsiloxane. The developed method is low-tech and high-yield and is thus substantially easier and less expensive than previous methods. The microstructures were investigated with light microscopy, the nanostructures with both scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and the reflections with UV visible spectrometry. The influence of the release agent and the quality of the master stamp were determined by comparing measurements of the cover-scale sizes and their chromaticity values obtained by their images and with their positive imprints. The master stamp provided multiple positive replicas up to 3 cm2 in just 1 h with structural coloration effects visible to the naked eye. Thus, the developed method proves the accuracy of the replicated nanostructure and its potential industrial application as a color-producing nanostamp.

Original languageEnglish
Article number016006
JournalBioinspiration and Biomimetics
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Butterflies
Nanostructures
Color
Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy
Spectrometry
Industrial applications
Optical microscopy
Microscopy
Spectrum Analysis
Casting
Transmission electron microscopy
Light
Microstructure
Scanning electron microscopy

Keywords

  • imprint
  • Morpho peleides
  • replica
  • scales
  • stamp
  • structural colour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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Zobl, S., Salvenmoser, W., Schwerte, T., Gebeshuber, I. C., & Schreiner, M. (2016). Morpho peleides butterfly wing imprints as structural colour stamp. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 11(1), [016006]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016006

Morpho peleides butterfly wing imprints as structural colour stamp. / Zobl, Sigrid; Salvenmoser, Willi; Schwerte, Thorsten; Gebeshuber, Ille C.; Schreiner, Manfred.

In: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Vol. 11, No. 1, 016006, 02.02.2016.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zobl, S, Salvenmoser, W, Schwerte, T, Gebeshuber, IC & Schreiner, M 2016, 'Morpho peleides butterfly wing imprints as structural colour stamp', Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, vol. 11, no. 1, 016006. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016006
Zobl, Sigrid ; Salvenmoser, Willi ; Schwerte, Thorsten ; Gebeshuber, Ille C. ; Schreiner, Manfred. / Morpho peleides butterfly wing imprints as structural colour stamp. In: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 2016 ; Vol. 11, No. 1.
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