Biomineralization design strategies and mechanisms of mineral formation: Operating at the edge of instability

Lia Addadi*, Yael Politi, Fabio Nudelman, Steve Weiner

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Abstract

The biological approach to forming crystals is proving to be most surprising. Three strategies evolved by organisms to build their mineralized materials will be discussed. These are: 1) Building mineralized structures with stable amorphous phases; 2) building mineralized structures with single crystals; 3) building mineralized structures with polycrystalline organized arrays. Interestingly, all appear to involve at some stage the use of an amorphous mineral phase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationENGINEERING OF CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS PROPERTIES
EditorsJJ Novoa, D Braga, L Addadi
Place of PublicationDORDRECHT
PublisherSpringer Japan
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6822-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event39th Course of the International School of Crystallography on Engineering of Crystalline Materials Properties - Erice, Italy
Duration: 7 Jun 200717 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B - Physics and Biophysics
PublisherSPRINGER
ISSN (Print)1871-465X

Conference

Conference39th Course of the International School of Crystallography on Engineering of Crystalline Materials Properties
CountryItaly
Period7/06/0717/06/07

Keywords

  • biomineralization
  • biogenic minerals
  • amorphous calcium carbonate
  • spicules
  • sea urchin
  • mollusk shell
  • ascidians
  • AMORPHOUS CALCIUM-CARBONATE
  • RAY-ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY
  • SEA-URCHIN EMBRYOS
  • ORGANIC MATRIX
  • CRYSTAL TEXTURE
  • SHELL FORMATION
  • MOLLUSK SHELLS
  • ORGANIZATION
  • DIFFRACTION
  • COMPONENTS

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