Microscopy Today (2010), 18:24-28 Cambridge University Press
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Fine-scale Analysis of Biomineralized Mollusc Teeth Using FIB and TEM
Martin Saundersa1 c1, Jeremy Shawa1, Peta Clodea1, Charlie Konga2 and David Maceya3
a1 The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
a2 University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
a3 Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
When it comes to mineral synthesis, there is a lot we can learn from nature. Although we can synthesize a range of materials in the laboratory, the experimental conditions are often constrained to particular ranges of temperature, pH, etc. Biological systems, on the other hand, seem to be able to produce individual minerals and complex composite mineral structures under a variety of conditions, many of which are far from those applied to create their synthetic counterparts. Understanding how nature does this could provide a means to produce novel biomimetic materials with potential applications in a diverse range of fields from medicine to materials engineering.