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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 238567, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/238567
Review Article

Optical Properties of the Self-Assembling Polymeric Colloidal Systems

Department of Polymer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 149 Calea Victoriei, 010072 Bucharest, Romania

Received 11 March 2013; Revised 17 June 2013; Accepted 20 June 2013

Academic Editor: Haojun Liang

Copyright © 2013 Alexandra Mocanu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the last decade, optical materials have gained much interest due to the high number of possible applications involving path or intensity control and filtering of light. The continuous emerging technology in the field of electrooptical devices or medical applications allowed the development of new innovative cost effective processes to obtain optical materials suited for future applications such as hybrid/polymeric solar cells, lasers, polymeric optical fibers, and chemo- and biosensing devices. Considering the above, the aim of this review is to present recent studies in the field of photonic crystals involving the use of polymeric materials.