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Fine-scale analysis of biomineralized mollusc teeth using FIB and TEM

Saunders, M., Shaw, J.A., Clode, P.L., Kong, C. and Macey, D.J. (2010) Fine-scale analysis of biomineralized mollusc teeth using FIB and TEM. Microscopy Today, 18 (1). pp. 24-28.

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When it comes to mineral synthesis, there is a lot we can learn from nature. Although we can synthesize a range of materials in the laboratory, the experimental conditions are often constrained to particular ranges of temperature, pH, etc. Biological systems, on the other hand, seem to be able to produce individual minerals and complex composite mineral structures under a variety of conditions, many of which are far from those applied to create their synthetic counterparts. Understanding how nature does this could provide a means to produce novel biomimetic materials with potential applications in a diverse range of fields from medicine to materials engineering.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © Microscopy Society of America
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