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Silicification and biosilicification part 3

Patwardhan, Siddharth and Clarson, Stephen J. (2002) Silicification and biosilicification part 3. Silicon Chemistry, 1 (3). pp. 207-214.

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Biosilicification takes place at or very close pH 7.0 and under ambient conditions of temperature and pressure in vivo. The silicic acid transporters and the proteins facilitating biosilicification in diatoms have been identified. Silica synthesis under mild conditions in vitro has been demonstrated using synthetic polymers with control over the resulting silica morphology. The results presented herein show that the silica synthesis in vitro is not specific to particular enzymes/polypeptides due to their particular chemical structure and activity but that many other synthetic macromolecules are also capable of facilitating silica formation at neutral pH. We also report the synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that have potential in optoelectronic applications.

Item type: Article
ID code: 31714
Keywords: silicification, biosilicification, silica morphology, Chemical engineering, Materials Science(all), Chemistry(all)
Subjects: Technology > Chemical engineering
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Chemical and Process Engineering
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 13:44
Last modified: 21 May 2015 13:26

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