Special Issue "Biomineralization of Calcium Carbonates and Calcium Phosphates in Inorganic Environment"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022 | Viewed by 1206

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jasminka Kontrec
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Laboratory for Precipitation Processes, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička c. 54, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: crystallization of sparingly soluble inorganic salts; crystal growth from aqueous solutions; mechanisms and precipitation kinetics; biomineralization; environmental protection; industrial crystallization
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Dr. Maja Dutour Sikirić
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Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička c. 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: crystallization of biologically relevant minerals; bioimplants for hard tissue regeneration; surfactants selfassembly; dynamic light scattering characterization of (bio)nanomaterials
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Dr. Branka Njegić Džakula
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Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička c. 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: biomineralization; basic research on the mechanisms and kinetics of the process of precipitation (nucleation, crystal growth) in solid-liquid systems; bioinspired crystallization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Calcium carbonates and calcium phosphates attract attention due to their role in biomineralization, geochemistry, technological processes, and synthesis of advanced materials with tailored properties. In biomineralization, the resulting calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate biominerals have properties, superior to any geologically or man-made material, that generally correlate with their specific composition and structure. Although CaCO3 and CaPs do occur in different organisms, a number of similarities in the mechanisms of their formation, as well as in their physiological roles, have been found.

This Special Issue is an opportunity for the up-to date presentations of the studies on the calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate biomineralization with special emphasis on the research of their formation in the inorganic environment. A fundamental understanding of crystal growth and dissolution, as well as mineralogical and crystallographic structure and properties, for this class of materials, in vitro, is essential for analysing and modelling of the biological systems in vivo. Therefore submission of novel studies on different fundamental aspects of calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate biomineralization pathways are welcomed including, but not limiting to:

(i) molecular simulations providing insight into the kinetic, thermodynamic, and structural/mechanistic properties of calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate in crystallization process

(ii) investigations of amorphous biominerals which are of special interest considering that many of them have an important role in biomineralization processes as well as in synthesis of novel materials.

(iii) studies of formation at conditions close to physiological which attract attention as a model for green synthesis.

This Special Issue is also platform for papers which address trends in preparation, characterization and practical applications of novel bioinspired/biomimetic materials with enhanced physical-chemical or mechanical properties.

Dr. Jasminka Kontrec
Dr. Maja Dutour Sikirić
Dr. Branka Njegić Džakula
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • calcium carbonate
  • calcium phosphate
  • biomineralization
  • bio-inspired materials
  • crystallization

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Precipitation of Calcium Phosphates and Calcium Carbonates in the Presence of Differently Charged Liposomes
Minerals 2022, 12(2), 208; https://doi.org/10.3390/min12020208 - 06 Feb 2022
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Liposomes (lipid vesicles) are often considered to be a versatile tool for the synthesis of advanced materials, as they allow various control mechanisms to tune the materials’ properties. Among diverse materials, the synthesis of calcium phosphates (CaPs) and calcium carbonates (CaCO3) [...] Read more.
Liposomes (lipid vesicles) are often considered to be a versatile tool for the synthesis of advanced materials, as they allow various control mechanisms to tune the materials’ properties. Among diverse materials, the synthesis of calcium phosphates (CaPs) and calcium carbonates (CaCO3) using liposomes has attracted particular attention in the development of novel (bio)materials and biomineralization research. However, the preparation of materials using liposomes has not yet been fully exploited. Most of the liposomes used have been anionic and/or zwitterionic, while data on the influence of cationic liposomes are limited. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate and compare the influence of differently charged liposomes on CaPs and CaCO3 formation. Zwitterionic 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC), negatively charged 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine (DMPS), and positively charged 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (EPC) lipids were used to prepare the respective liposomes. The presence of liposomes during the spontaneous precipitation of CaPs and CaCO3 affected both the precipitation and transformation kinetics, as well as the morphology of the precipitates formed. The most prominent effect was noted for both materials in the presence of DMPS liposomes, as (nano) shell structures were formed in both cases. The obtained results indicate possible strategies to fine-tune the precipitation process of CaPs and CaCO3, which may be of interest for the production of novel materials. Full article
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