Nonclassical crystallization in vivo et in vitro (I)

Process-structure-property relationships of nanogranular biominerals

Stephan E. Wolf*, Corinna F. Böhm, Joe Harris, Benedikt Demmert, Dorrit E. Jacob, Mihail Mondeshki, Encarnación Ruiz-Agudo, Carlos Rodríguez-Navarro

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A distinct nanogranular fine structure is shared by a wealth of biominerals from several species, classes and taxa. This nanoscopic organization affects the properties and behavior of the biogenic ceramic material and confers on them attributes that are essential to their function. We present a set of structure-relationship properties that are rooted in the nanogranular organization and we propose that they rest on a common pathway of formation, a colloid-driven and hence nonclassical mode of crystallization. With this common modus operandi, we reveal the most fundamental and wide spread process-structure-property relationship in biominerals. With the recent increase in our understanding of nonclassical crystallization in vitro and in vivo, this significant process-structure-property relationship will serve as a source for new design approaches of bio-inspired materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-259
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Structural Biology
Volume196
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • ACC
  • Amorphous calcium carbonate
  • Biomineralization
  • Nanoglobules
  • Nonclassical crystallization
  • Oriented attachment
  • PILP

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