Synthetic peptides derived from diatom Cylindrotheca fusiformis: kinetics of silica formation and morphology characterisation

P W Whitlock, Siddharth Patwardhan, M O Stone, Stephen J. Clarson

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Biocatalysis refers to the use of enzymes, microbes or higher organisms to carry out chemical or polymer reactions. It is currently a hot research topic with many academic, industrial, and government laboratories doing basic and applied R&D. In polymer science this field is rapidly growing, and many new reactions and new biocatalysts are being discovered and applied.
Likewise, biomaterials comprise an equally exciting field of research that finds many applications in dental, surgical, and medical areas. Both fields are highly interdisciplinary, requiring (at various times) knowledge and expertise in organic and polymer chemistry, material science, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and chemical engineering.
This symposium volume provides state-of-the-art reviews of these exciting fields as well as original research papers. The editors and the authors are all experts and active practitioners of polymer biocatalysis and biomaterials. They include academic, industrial, and government scientists who have brought different expertise and perspectives to these fields. Together, they have provided a most useful book that contains up-to-date developments in fundamental research and industrial R&D efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Biocatalysis and Biomaterials II
EditorsH. N. Cheng, R A Gross
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780841269705
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameACS symposium series
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society


  • biomolecules
  • biosilica
  • organic material
  • silica in vitro
  • diatom
  • in vivo biosilicification

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