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Nature Communications publishes our work on the photonic architecture of a mollusk.

The paper “A highly conspicuous mineralized composite photonic architecture in the translucent shell of the blue-rayed limpet” describes the photonic structures that lie at the origin on the bright blue colors in the translucent calcified shell of the blue-rayed limpet Patella pellucida. This work results from a collaboration with the groups of Joanna Aizenberg at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Christine Ortiz at the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The full open-access publication can be found here.
It was covered by several international news outlets including

Anthony McDougal joins our group! Welcome Anthony!

Anthony will initiate our efforts in studying and exploiting the morphogenesis of biological photonic materials.