Bioinspired synthesis of new silica structures

S V Patwardhan, N Mukherjee, M Steinitz-Kannan, S J Clarson

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Silicon and oxygen are the two most abundant elements in the Earth's crust(1) but despite the vast scientific literature on crystalline and amorphous silica, new chemistries, structures and applications continue to be discovered for compounds formed from these elements-thus we present here for the first time the formation of new amorphous silica structures that were uniquely synthesized by a bioinspired synthetic system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1122-1123
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications (London)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • acid polymerization
  • colloida silica
  • biosilica
  • biomineralization
  • flocculation
  • peptides

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