Langmuir, Vol.19, No.22, 9104-9106, 2003
Tuning structural color changes of porous thermosensitive gels through quantitative adjustment of the cross-linker in pre-gel solutions
"Smart" porous gels with different optical behaviors were synthesized by quantitative adjustment of the cross-linker in pre-gel solutions. A periodically ordered interconnecting porous structure could be created in the gels by using a closest-packing silica colloidal crystal as a template. The interconnecting porosity provides fast response to changes in temperature through the reversible swelling and shrinking of the gels, while the periodically ordered mesoscopic structure endows the porous gels with structural color, which can be tuned by simply changing the amount of the cross-linker in the pre-gel solutions.