Special Issue "Biomimetic Growth of Calcium Phosphate Crystals"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michele Iafisco

Istituto Di Scienza E Tecnologia Dei Materiali Ceramici, Faenza, Faenza, Italy
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Interests: biomaterials; biomineralization; nanomedicine; calcium phosphates; bioceramics
Guest Editor
Dr. José Manuel Delgado-López

Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (IACT, CSIC-UGR), Armilla, Granada, Spain
Interests: biomineralization; crystallography; SAXS-WAXS-AFM; bioinspired materials; drug delivery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Understanding how living organisms form their extremely specialized mineralized structures, and identifying the organic molecules controlling the final crystal size, shape and polymorphism, which in turn determine their unique mechanical properties, is highly relevant, not only on the fundamental knowledge side, but also as a source of inspiration for the design of advanced biomaterials. In fact, bio-inspiration is currently among the most exciting concepts ruling advancements in materials science, medicine and other smart technological applications. Synthetic calcium phosphates are among the most interesting and versatile biomimetic materials since they chemically resemble the inorganic phase in hard tissues (e.g., bone, dentine, fish scales, horns of different animals) and pathological calcifications (e.g., dental and urinary calculi, tendon mineralization, calcification of blood vessels). Most of their excellent features, including biocompatibility and bioactivity, can be significantly enhanced by improving their biomimetism, that is, by mimicking the size, morphology, (nano)structure and chemical composition of the biological counterparts. Therefore, the synthesis of calcium phosphates under physiological conditions (so-called “biomimetic”) or mediated by organic additives, resembling the small molecules or macromolecules of the organic matrix of bone and teeth, is a matter of intensive research and a hot topic.

In this Special Issue, we welcome orginal research and review articles covering the state of the art and the lastest results on the synthesis of biomimetic calcium phosphates aiming to either providing a better understading of the mechanisms underlying mineral formation in living organims or designing novel biomaterials with higher level of performance and new functionalities.

Dr. Michele Iafisco
Dr. José Manuel Delgado-López
Guest Editors

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  • Calcium phosphate
  • Biomineralization
  • Biomaterials
  • Nanomedicine

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