Self-Organizing β-Sheet Lipopeptide Monolayers as Template for the Mineralization of CaCO3 Academic Article uri icon


  • The large variation in inorganic structures encountered in biological systems, often with exquisite and unique morphologies, has fascinated researchers in all scientific disciplines for a long time.[1] For materials scientists, an understanding of the principles underlying the process of biomineralization holds great promise for the design and synthesis of new inorganic and hybrid structures with yet unrealized properties. The central concept in biomineralization research is that organized biomacromolecules, which contain well-defined arrays of functional groups, control polymorph selection and the oriented nucleation of crystals by lowering the nucleation energy of specific crystal faces.[2] Control over crystal morphology is then exerted by the interaction of biomolecules in solution with specific crystal planes during growth. Recently, it has become clear that the classical concept, which …

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  • January 23, 2006