Transparent Electrochemical Gratings from a Patterned Bistable Silver Mirror

Chihyun Park, Jongbeom Na, Minsu Han, Eunkyoung Kim

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Silver mirror patterns were formed reversibly on a polystyrene (PS)-patterned electrode to produce gratings through the electrochemical reduction of silver ions. The electrochemical gratings exhibited high transparency (T > 95%), similar to a see-through window, by matching the refractive index of the grating pattern with the surrounding medium. The gratings switch to a diffractive state upon the formation of a mirror pattern (T < 5%) with a high diffraction efficiency up to 40%, providing reversible diffractive gratings. The diffraction state was maintained in the voltage-off state (V-off) for 40 min, which demonstrated bistable reversible electrochemical grating (BREG) behavior. By carefully combining the BREGs through period matching, dual-color switching was achieved within the full color region, which exhibited three distinct optical switching states between -2.5, 0, and +2.5 V. The wide range of light tenability using the metallic BREGs developed herein enabled IR modulation, NIR light reflection, and on-demand heat transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6977-6984
Number of pages8
JournalACS Nano
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Global Research Laboratory (GRL) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (No. 2016K1A1A2912753). This work was also supported by the Next-Generation Converged Energy Material Research Center (CEMRC) of the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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