Special Issue "Biological Crystallization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019
Recently, we have been invited by the journal Crystals to Guest Edit a Special Issue on “Biological Crystallization”. In our opinion, the topic is very broad, as it deals, not only with the formation of inorganic and organic compounds by living organisms, but also with the crystallization of biological materials such as proteins, lipids, keratins, chitins and others. In the past, many organisms from diverse phyla developed the capability to precipitate various types of crystals, exploring distinctive pathways to use them to build sophisticated structural architectures for different purposes. Functions, such as seeing, hearing, balance, orientation and navigation, colouring, chewing, protecting or supporting the animal bodies, are carried out thanks to these abilities. Understanding the complex strategies that those organisms employ for regulating the nucleation, crystal growth and organization of the crystals to build these sophisticated devices is a source of inspiration in fields as diverse as materials science, nanotechnology or biomedicine. Conversely, knowledge obtained from the synthesis of complex high-tech materials in the laboratory is very useful to understand possible morphogenetic and textural pathways found in biocrystals. In these strategies the interactions between organized biopolymer assemblies and organic molecules with the nascent inorganic solids play a pivotal role in controlling the shape, size distribution, polymorphism, orientation and even assembly of the formed crystals. Considering these different views, the scope of this Special Issue on biological crystallization is intentionally broad. We invite the field specialists to submit original contributions or mini-reviews dealing with the crystallization by organisms at any level of organization, those studies intended to mimic the problem of biological crystallization in vitro and those manuscripts dealing with crystallization of biological materials.Dr. Jaime Gómez Morales
Prof. Giuseppe Falini
Prof. Juan Manuel García Ruiz
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Bio-inspired crystallization
- Crystallization of biological macromolecules
- Pathological crystallization
- Characterization of biological crystallization
- Self-assembly and self-organization