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Self-Assembly in Biosilicification and Biotemplated Silica Materials

Francisco M. Fernandes 1 Thibaud Coradin 1 Carole Aimé 1
1 MATBIO - Matériaux et Biologie
LCMCP - Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris
Abstract : During evolution, living organisms have learned to design biomolecules exhibiting self-assembly properties to build-up materials with complex organizations. This is particularly evidenced by the delicate siliceous structures of diatoms and sponges. These structures have been considered as inspiration sources for the preparation of nanoscale and nanostructured silica-based materials templated by the self-assembled natural or biomimetic molecules. These templates range from short peptides to large viruses, leading to biohybrid objects with a wide variety of dimensions, shapes and organization. A more recent strategy based on the integration of biological self-assembly as the driving force of silica nanoparticles organization offers new perspectives to elaborate highly-tunable, biofunctional nanocomposites.
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Francisco M. Fernandes, Thibaud Coradin, Carole Aimé. Self-Assembly in Biosilicification and Biotemplated Silica Materials. Nanomaterials, MDPI, 2014, 4 (3), pp.792-812. ⟨10.3390/nano4030792⟩. ⟨hal-01140406⟩

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