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Keywords:

  • Biomimetics;
  • Nanostructures;
  • Peptides;
  • Silica
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Biomimetic syntheses of silicas using block copolypeptides containing a hydrophilic lysine block are reported. Porous silica platelets or spheres can be made using block copolypeptides as templates. The results show that biomimetic synthesis under benign conditions may be a potential route for assembling nanostructured materials.