A system that acts as a biomimetic of the silica-synthesizing enzyme found in a marine sponge is reported by Morse and co-workers on p. 1234. Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are functionalized with the same organic moieties that are found in the enzyme's catalytic site. Interaction between the nucleophilic (OH-terminated) and hydrogen-bonding (imidazole-terminated) GNPs, as shown on the cover, is required for the hydrolysis of a silicon alkoxide precursor and subsequent polycondensation to form silica at a low temperature and near-neutral pH. Replacement of either of the required functional groups by a non-reactive methyl group abolishes catalysis in this synthetic system, as it does in the biological enzyme. Cover art provided by Peter Allen.