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Keywords:

  • biomimetic synthesis;
  • mesocrystals;
  • nanostructures;
  • polymers
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Simultaneous synthesis and morphogenesis of polymer materials are achieved through the replication by using mesocrsytals in biological and biomimetic architectures as the host materials. Mesocrystalline structures have nanoscopic space within the interspace of the unit crystals. Introduction of monomers and subsequent polymerization in the nanospace affords the synthesis and morphogenesis of polymer materials. The polymer architectures are formed after dissolution of the original host mesocrystals. For more information see the Full Paper by Y. Oaki, H. Imai et al. on page 2284 ff.