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Session Overview
MS-62: The mineral/life interface - prebiotic chemistry, biomineralization, advanced biomimetic materials
Thursday, 19/Aug/2021:
10:20am - 12:45pm

Session Chair: Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
Session Chair: Giuseppe Falini
Location: Club C

50 1st floor

Invited: Boaz Pokroy (Israel), Abel Moreno (Mexiko)

Session Abstract

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.

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10:20am - 10:25am

Introduction to session

Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz, Giuseppe Falini

10:25am - 10:55am

Incoporation of amino acids into inorganic crystalline hosts: from biomineralization to bio-Inspired band gap engineering

Boaz Pokroy

Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

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10:55am - 11:25am

The role of intramineral proteins involved into the biomineralization of calcium carbonate in eggshells formation. Implications to the dinosaurs´ extinction


Instituto de Química. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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11:25am - 11:45am

Crystal texture of mineral self-organized structures from soda lake water and their implication to early Earth and prebiotic chemistry

Melese Getenet, Juan Manuel García-Ruiz

Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas–Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

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11:45am - 12:05pm

Structure and properties of coralline red alga: from helical configuration to alternating layers

Nuphar Bianco-Stein, Iryna Polishchuk, Boaz Pokroy

Technion, Haifa, Israel

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12:05pm - 12:25pm

Non-destructive 3D orientational mapping of bone using diffractive X-ray tomography

Fredrik K. Mürer1, Sophie Sanchez2, Kristin Olstad3, Marco Di Michiel4, Basab Chattopadhyay1, Dag W. Breiby1,5

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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