Colour changing camouflage polymers

Nature has developed truly fascinating and unique properties through evolution. The ability to design synthetic materials that mimic these properties will enable the next generation of advanced materials and develop new manufacturing and industrial capabilities. In particular the ability to produce stimuli responsive materials that mimic the colour changing properties of a number of species (for example Chameleons and some Octopus) will have broad impact. In general this colour changing ability is based on the dynamic structural changes on the nanoscale in the cells of these animals. This project will develop polymeric mimics of these specialised cells based on the self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs). These materials will be made into 3D printable inks for computer controlled design of advanced structures. may be used for adaptive optical switching applications such as an intelligent camouflage


DST Group