In Vitro Repair of a Biomineral with a Mesocrystal Structure

Authors

  • Misako Kijima,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 566-1551
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  • Dr. Yuya Oaki,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 566-1551
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  • Prof. Hiroaki Imai

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    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 566-1551
    • Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 566-1551
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Abstract

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How to repair a seashell: A partially etched biomineral, namely, the prismatic layer of a seashell, has been repaired in a synthetic system. The oriented nanocrystals and the macroscopic morphologies, with the same specific crystallographic orientation as the original part, can be regenerated through an in vitro repair process (see graphic).

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