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Contributor contact details Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials introduction Chapter 1: Natural photonic structures: an overview Abstract: 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Photonic structures found in nature 1.3 Examples of optical biomimetic devices 1.4 Biomimetic approaches to fabrication of optical devices 1.5 Conclusion 1.6 Acknowledgements Chapter 2: Optical applications of biomolecules Abstract: 2.1 Introduction: biomimetics and biotechnology 2.2 Retinylidene proteins for optical devices 2.3 Applications of bacteriorhodopsin 2.4 Enhancing bacteriorhodopsin for device applications 2.5 Conclusions and future trends 2.6 Acknowledgements Chapter 3: Polarisation effects in natural photonic structures and their applications Abstract: 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Principles of polarisation 3.3 Experimental techniques to study polarisation 3.4 Polarisation structures in insects 3.5 Bio-inspired applications: anti-counterfeiting patterns 3.6 Conclusion Chapter 4: Biomimetic nanostructures for anti-reflection (AR) devices Abstract: 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Anti-reflection (AR) 4.3 Gradient refractive index structures 4.4 Biomimetic photonic and anti-reflecting nanostructures 4.5 Future trends and conclusions 4.6 Acknowledgements 4.8 Appendix: glossary of terms Chapter 5: Control of iridescence in natural photonic structures: the case of butterfly scales Abstract: 5.1 Introduction to structural colour 5.2 Types of structural colour in butterflies 5.3 Control of iridescence 5.4 Perspectives on butterfly biomimetics Chapter 6: Fabrication of nanostructures using natural synthesis: optical materials using silk Abstract: 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Silk optics and photonics 6.3 Silk electronics and optoelectronics 6.4 Conclusion Chapter 7: Fluorescence control in natural green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based photonic structures of reef corals Abstract: 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Green fluorescent protein (GFP) structure and diversity 7.3 Photoactive fluorescent proteins (PAFPs) 7.4 Conclusion Index

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Dr Maryanne Large is a physicist with extensive experience in optics and optical materials. She has a particular interest in optical microstructures, and has studied them in butterflies, and used them in microstructured optical fibres. She is currently a research Manager at CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) and a member of staff at the University of Sydney's Institute of Photonics and Optical Sciences (IPOS).

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