Structural Color

Structural color occurs when light interacts with ordered nanostructures to generate bright, stable and angle-dependent colors. Structural coloration can be found throughout the tree of life, from butterflies to bacteria. Dr. Colin Ingham, CEO and founder of Hoekmine (Utrecht, Netherlands) discussed this fascinating topic and his efforts to use bacterial structural color to create sustainably colored biomaterials as sustainable replacements for bulk dyes and for artistic expression.