Biomineralization: Principles and Concepts in Bioinorganic Materials Chemistry

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Science - 198 pages
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This book describes the principles and concepts of biomineralization and their application in the new field of biomimetic materials chemistry. The main focus is on the principles and concepts that arise from a chemical perspective of biomineralization. After surveying the major types of biominerals (chapter 2) the general principles of biomineralization are discussed (chapter 3), followed by a detailed description of the chemical aspects of biomineralization (chapter 4). The next four chapters are concerned with the process of biomineralization, including boundary-organized biomineralization (chapter 5), organic matrix-mediated biomineralization (chapter 6), morphogenesis (chapter 7) and biomineral tectonics (chapter 8). The final chapter describes how current knowledge of biomineralization is inspiring new biomimetic strategies in synthetic materials chemistry.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
General principles of biomineralization
24
Chemical control of biominerallzation
38
Boundaryorganized hiomineralization
68
Organic matrixmediated biomineralization
89
Morphogenesis
125
Biomineral tectonics
141
Further readina
155
Index
193
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Stephen Mann is at School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

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