How does color affect the thermal properties of feathers?

01 January 2017 → 31 October 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Condensed matter physics and nanophysics
    • Animal biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
nanostructures morphology Structural color
Project description

Most studies on the colors of animal integument have focused on their roles in camouflage or sexual signaling, but they can also have significant thermal effects. We propose to quantify these thermal effects and determine how nanostructuring that produces bright, iridescent colors affects them. This research will help elucidate evolution of animal coloration and may inspire the design of novel multifunctional materials.