Bio-inspired materials science at its best - Flexible mesocrystals of calcite
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Minerals are the benchmark of hard and brittle materials. Self-assembled calcitic spicules were recently obtained utilizing a protein from silica biomineralization, silicatein-a. The synthetic spicules show remarkable material properties including extreme flexibility. Breakthroughs in bio-inspired materials science are highlighted. Will it be possible to obtain similar composites with truly artificial organic constituents? Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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