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Dynamic Materials Inspired By Cephalopods

Alon Gorodetsky
When10:30 AM11:30 AMJan 27, 2017
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Where 1670 Beyster Building
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Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California Irvine

Cephalopods (squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish) have captivated the imagination of both the general public and scientists for more than a century due to their visually stunning camouflage displays, sophisticated nervous systems, and complex behavioral patterns. Given their unique capabilities and characteristics, it is not surprising that these marine invertebrates have recently emerged as exciting sources of inspiration for the development of unique materials. Within this context, our laboratory has explored the properties of structural proteins known as reflectins, which play crucial roles in the functionality of cephalopod skin. In this talk, I will discuss our work on new types of photonic and protonic devices fabricated from reflectin-derived and reflectin-inspired materials. Our findings hold implications for the development of adaptive camouflage systems, sensitive bioelectronic platforms, and renewable energy technologies

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