Prof. Lia Addadi and Prof. Stephen Weiner Control and Design Principles in Biological Mineralization Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 31
Millions of years of evolution are reflected in the phenomenon of biomineralization. The large organized regions of macromolecules and crystals produced by organisms are the subjects of intense research. SiO2 is one of the amorphic minerals which is deposited, for example, by diatoms, in fantastic structures as shown right. The polymeric structure of SiO2 results in high viscosity and low solubility; the linkage of the coordination polyhedrons through their edges allows the formation of open structures. Both are important factors in the deposition of SiO2.
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