Self-Assembly of the Cephalopod Protein Reflectin

Adv Mater. 2016 Oct;28(38):8405-8412. doi: 10.1002/adma.201601666. Epub 2016 Jul 25.


Films from the cephalopod protein reflectin demonstrate multifaceted functionality as infrared camouflage coatings, proton transport media, and substrates for growth of neural stem cells. A detailed study of the in vitro formation, structural characteristics, and stimulus response of such films is presented. The reported observations hold implications for the design and development of advanced cephalopod-inspired functional materials.

Keywords: X-ray scattering; cephalopods; functional coatings; proteins; self-assembly.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cephalopoda*
  • Neural Stem Cells
  • Proteins
  • Protons


  • Proteins
  • Protons