We present a low-cost and versatile optical sensor based on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) graded-lattice photonic crystal heterostructure (PCH) template controlled by voltage pulse and electrolyte temperature. Designed PCH shows high Q factor up to ∼55 from the first order side band peak in the reflectance spectra and vivid color change due to infiltrated analytes. Highly linear refractive index sensitivity "dλ/dn" up to 441 nm RIU-1 could be obtained independent of analytes' polarities. Superb perceptual colorimetric sensing performance was attained up to 0.01 according to CIELab tristimulus mapping analysis.
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