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The top-down approach involves various lithography techniques to define the structures, using e-beam lithography, nanoimprint,55,56 or dip pen technologies57 and subsequent etching or growth of materials. These methods can lead to higher uniformity, but they still suffer from surface defects.58,59


Synthetic biology is a new field of biological research and technology development that combines science and engineering with the goal of designing and constructing novel and useful biological systems not found in nature. Synthetic biology has provided the means of both genetically engineering specific optical properties


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