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Crystallization at inorganic-organic interfaces: Biominerals and biomimetic synthesis


Mann, S and Archibald, DD and Didymus, JM and Douglas, T and Heywood, BR and Meldrum, FC and Reeves, NJ, Crystallization at inorganic-organic interfaces: Biominerals and biomimetic synthesis, Science, 261, (5126) pp. 1286-1292. ISSN 0036-8075 (1993) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1126/science.261.5126.1286


Crystallization is an important process in a wide range of scientific disciplines including chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and materials science. Recent investigations of biomineralization indicate that specific molecular interactions at inorganic-organic interfaces can result in the controlled nucleation and growth of inorganic crystals. Synthetic systems have highlighted the importance of electrostatic binding or association, geometric matching (epitaxis), and stereochemical correspondence in these recognition processes. Similarly, organic molecules in solution can influence the morphology of inorganic crystals if there is molecular complementarity at the crystal-additive interface. A biomimetic approach based on these principles could lead to the development of new strategies in the controlled synthesis of inorganic nanophases, the crystal engineering of bulk solids, and the assembly of organized composite and ceramic materials.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biomineralization, crystallization, organic/inorganic interface
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Structural biology (incl. macromolecular modelling)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Heywood, BR (Professor Brigid Heywood)
ID Code:104424
Year Published:1993
Web of Science® Times Cited:737
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-11-11
Last Modified:2015-12-21

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