Templated deposition of porous fullerene-C60 in the interior of siliceous sponge spicules as a biogenic microvessel

Arcan F. Dericioglu, Panče Naumov, Yoshihisa Tanaka

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The unique set of mechanical properties found in rigid biological tissues, which combine high strength and stiffness with superior toughness, offer inspiration for the design of advanced functional structural materials with outstanding performance. This paper reports on the first utilization of one such biogenic material-siliceous sponge spicules, the skeletal elements of sponges (Poriphera)-as a unique naturally nanostructured template for vacuum deposition, while also reporting on the effects of the required chemical and thermal treatments for template preparation on the material's microstructure and mechanical properties. The confined space within the central channel of spicules from the sponge Euplectella acts simultaneously as a nanotemplate and as a biogenic, optically transparent, glassy microchamber for the preparation of micrometer-sized clusters of fullerene-C60 through vacuum deposition onto the nanostructured surface. This biological material allows an unprecedented and unique microporous morphology of C60 particles to be obtained. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2851-2857
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 28 2012


  • biomimetics
  • fullerene-C60 deposition
  • microstructures
  • sponge spicule
  • structure-property relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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