Biomineralization articles from across Nature Portfolio

Biomineralization is the process by which living organisms produce minerals. Biomineralization processes often lead to the hardening or stiffening of the mineralized materials. This includes the formation of silicates in algae and diatoms, carbonates in invertebrates, and calcium phosphates and carbonates in the hard tissues of vertebrates.

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    Nanocrystals with precisely defined structures offer promise as components of advanced materials yet they are challenging to create. Now, a nanocrystal made up of seven cadmium and twelve chloride ions has been synthesized via a biotemplating approach that uses a de novo designed protein.

    • Li Shang
    •  & Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus
    Nature Chemistry 7, 769-770
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    The visualization of organic-acid-induced crystal growth by means of liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy can provide key insights into the nucleation of calcium carbonate in an organic matrix.

    • Roland Kröger
    Nature Materials 14, 369-370
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    Analysis of the growth patterns of calcitic prisms within the shell of the fan mollusc Pinna nobilis shows that growth can be predicted using grain theory and that the organic casings of the prisms set the thermodynamic boundaries.

    • Nico A. J. M. Sommerdijk
    •  & Maggie Cusack
    Nature Materials 13, 1078-1079