Special Issue "Advances in Biominerals"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2012)
Prof. Dr. David Post Allison (Website)
Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0840, USA
Phone: +1 865 241 8394
Interests: biomaterials; biomineralization; bioremediation; nanomedicine; biomimetics
The interaction of minerals with all biological species, including humans, is fundamental to a variety of processes that we attribute to living. This would include organism directed processes such as fabrication of skeletal structures, locomotion, and metabolism that come under the general heading of biomineralization. These processes are usually controlled from the nanometer to the macroscopic scale with examples being diatoms forming a silica skeleton from silicic acid or mammals integrating minerals into bone. Nanotechnology is a second area where minerals through designed applications could be interfaced with organics to improve living systems, for example, in health applications. The purpose of this special issue “Advances in Biomaterials” is to publish recent advances in research where minerals have been integrated into biological systems either by nature or by design. By definition this covers a broad area of research where biomaterials have impacted biomineralization, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, bioremediation and biomimetics.
Although it is requested that authors submit papers that deal with the general topics, indicated both above and in the keywords, we are also open to new innovative applications that might be included in this general description.
Prof. Dr. David Post Allison
- natural synthesis
- directed synthesis