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Crystals 2019, 9(3), 157;

Hybrid Biomimetic Materials from Silica/Carbonate Biomorphs

Physical Chemistry, University of Konstanz, Universitätsstrasse 10, D-78457 Konstanz, Germany
Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (CSIC-UGR), Avenida de las Palmeras 4, E-18100 Armilla, Granada, Spain
Material Physics, BASF SE, RAA/OS–B007, Carl-Bosch-Strasse 38, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany
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Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Crystallization)
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The formation of a polymer protection layer around fragile mineral architectures ensures that structures stay intact even after treatments that would normally destroy them going along with a total loss of textural information. Here we present a strategy to preserve the shape of silica-carbonate biomorphs with polymers. This method converts non-hybrid inorganic-inorganic composite materials such a silica/carbonate biomorphs into hybrid organic/carbonate composite materials similar to biominerals. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomorphs; barium carbonate; silica; PCDA; pyrrole biomorphs; barium carbonate; silica; PCDA; pyrrole

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Opel, J.; Unglaube, N.; Wörner, M.; Kellermeier, M.; Cölfen, H.; García-Ruiz, J.-M. Hybrid Biomimetic Materials from Silica/Carbonate Biomorphs. Crystals 2019, 9, 157.

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