Biomineralization: Principles and Concepts in Bioinorganic Materials Chemistry

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Science - 198 pages
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From the nano-world of rusty proteins and magnetic compasses in bacter ia to the macroscopic structures of oyster shells, corals, ivory, bone and enamel, biology has evolved a new type of chemistry that brings t ogether the synthesis and construction of hard and soft matter for the design of functionalized inorganic-organic materials. The process tha t gives rise to these small and large inorganic-based structures of li fe is called biomineralization. This book looks at the chemical princi ples and concepts of biomineralization and their application in the ne w field of biomimetic 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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