Special Issue "Proteins and Biomineralisation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2020).
Interests: soft mater characterisation; crystallisation; electron microscopy
Interests: biomineralisation, chemical biology; crystallisation; material chemistry
Exhibiting fascinating structure–property relations, biominerals have attracted enormous research interest as evolutionarily optimised materials with specialised functions. Several disciplines have contributed to the field of biomineralisation with primary motivations as (1) elucidating the formation and structure–property relationships of biomaterials and (2) emulating evolutionarily optimised material organisations by synthetic strategies. These endeavours, also stimulated by advances in high-resolution analytical techniques, have provided some fundamental understanding of biomineralisation.
Addressing the mechanisms and pathways of biomineralisation is a challenging task due to the minute length scales at which nucleation and growth phenomena take place as well as the dynamic nature of inorganic as well as organic precursors. This Special Issue aims to cover studies addressing the pathways and products of mineralisation regulated by biomolecules in biological and synthetic environments. In view of the different levels of protein structure ranging from amino acid sequence to aggregate states, we encourage contributions related to mineralisation controlled by complex biological and synthetic macromolecules. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
- Crystal morphology, composition and polymorph guided by organic molecules;
- Micro- and ultrastructure of natural or biomimetic composites;
- Structural dynamics and self-association of molecules in mineralising environments;
- Catalytic and structural functions of biomolecules in mineralisation;
- Sequence, structure and post-translational modifications of proteins;
- Protein-inspired control over nucleation and crystallisation;
- Biomimetic processes and materials.
Submissions on novel developments, techniques, applications and review papers are all welcome.Dr. Teresa Roncal-Herrero
Dr. Ashit Rao
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Bio-inorganic interfaces
- Composite materials
- Crystal growth
- Crystallisation pathways
- Structure–property relations