August 14 - 22, 2021 | Prague, Czech Republic
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MS-62: The mineral/life interface - prebiotic chemistry, biomineralization, advanced biomimetic materials
Invited: Boaz Pokroy (Israel), Abel Moreno (Mexiko)
Since the time when the Earth was a lifeless planet, abiotically made organic molecules have interacted with minerals. The process of molecular recognition at the organic-mineral interface has evolved giving rise to hybrid structures of increasing complexity ranging from the molecules that are the bricks of life to the hierarchical structures typical of biominerals such as bones, teeth, and shells. The evolutionary development of biominerals has followed their functional role, with vital properties that have been added over time in the respect of an optimal use of available resources with minimal energy demand. Understanding the formation mechanisms of biominerals is a source of inspiration for the synthesis of new materials. All these topics are the subjects of the session.
For all abstracts of the session as prepared for Acta Crystallographica see PDF in Introduction, or individual abstracts below.
10:20am - 10:25am
Introduction to session
11:25am - 11:45am
Crystal texture of mineral self-organized structures from soda lake water and their implication to early Earth and prebiotic chemistry
Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas–Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
12:05pm - 12:25pm
Non-destructive 3D orientational mapping of bone using diffractive X-ray tomography
1PoreLab, Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Høgskoleringen 5, 7491 Trondheim, Norway; 2Uppsala University, Department of Organismal Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Norbyvägen 18 A, 75236, Uppsala, Sweden.; 3Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway.; 4ESRF-The European Synchrotron, 71 Avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble, France.; 5Department of Microsystems, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Campus Vestfold, 3184 Borre, Norway.
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