Bridged nanocrystals in biominerals and their biomimetics

Classical yet modern crystal growth on the nanoscale

Yuya Oaki, Akiko Kotachi, Takashi Miura, Hiroaki Imai

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Abstract

We demonstrate nanoscale architectures in real biominerals and their biomimetics. Mimicking biomineralization, that is, crystal design in association with organic molecules, has been demonstrated in recent years. Although the macroscopic morphologies in real biominerals and biomimetics have been extensively studied, the nanoscopic structures in terms of the crystal growth are still not fully understood. We show that both materials form oriented architectures of bridged nanocrystals with incorporated organic polymers. The growth of nanocrystals by association with polymers is a significant step for the understanding and developing of crystal growth. The strategy could be applied to various systems in nanoscale crystal growth leading to functional materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1633-1639
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume16
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 4

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Bridged nanocrystals in biominerals and their biomimetics : Classical yet modern crystal growth on the nanoscale. / Oaki, Yuya; Kotachi, Akiko; Miura, Takashi; Imai, Hiroaki.

In: Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 16, No. 12, 04.08.2006, p. 1633-1639.

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