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Title:Still Life: Mineral berries and butterflies
Author(s):Lopez-Berganza, Josue A.
Subject(s):Civil and Environmental Engineering
Abstract:Marine organisms rely on common minerals such as calcium carbonate, to synthesize shells, teeth, spicules, etc. By exquisitely controlling molecular interactions between proteins, sugars, etc. in their bodies, they can precipitate calcium carbonate into functional structures that help them interact with and survive in their environments. These so-called biominerals exhibit remarkable mechanical and structural properties, often unparalleled by manmade materials. We investigate these complex interactions between organic additives and calcium carbonate to not only understand how these organisms evolve these structures but also to also aid the development of sustainable smart materials. In a nod to nature’s ability to design complex mineral architectures for living organisms, here we replicate everyday life forms by precipitating calcium carbonate in biomimetic experimental setups.
Issue Date:2018-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Josue Lopez-Berganza
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-19

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