A nacre protein forms mesoscale hydrogels that "hijack" the biomineralization process within a seawater environment

Martin Pendola, Gaurav Jain, Anastasia Davidyants, Yu Chieh Huang, Denis Gebauer, John Spencer Evans

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Abstract

We examined the mineralization performance of a nacre protein, AP7, within seawater mineralization assays that form aragonite and magnesium calcite. Under these conditions AP7 forms hydrogel particles that vary in size and complexity depending upon ionic conditions. These hydrogels "hijack" the mineralization process by limiting nucleation in bulk solution and promoting nucleation within the hydrogels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7675-7679
Number of pages5
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume18
Issue number40
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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