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From Living Light to Living Materials

Abstract : Diatom cells are enclosed within porous silica walls that exhibit a wide variety of forms. Some of them exhibit photonic crystals properties arising from a periodic distribution of pores along these walls. Diatoms then play with solar light to protect the cell and improve its photosynthetic properties. These micro-algae also suggest that life is possible inside a glass box leading to the bio-inspired synthesis of living materials via the so-called sol-gel process.
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Sophie Cassaignon, Robin de Maleprade, Nadine Nassif, Jacques Livage. From Living Light to Living Materials. Materials Today: Proceedings, Elsevier, 2014, 1, supplément, pp.209 - 215. ⟨10.1016/j.matpr.2014.09.024⟩. ⟨hal-01104159⟩

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