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Biomimetic mineral self-organization from silica-rich spring waters.

Title: Biomimetic mineral self-organization from silica-rich spring waters.
Name(s): García-Ruiz, Juan Manuel, author
Nakouzi, Elias, author
Kotopoulou, Electra, author
Tamborrino, Leonardo, author
Steinbock, Oliver, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-03-17
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purely inorganic reactions of silica, metal carbonates, and metal hydroxides can produce self-organized complex structures that mimic the texture of biominerals, the morphology of primitive organisms, and that catalyze prebiotic reactions. To date, these fascinating structures have only been synthesized using model solutions. We report that mineral self-assembly can be also obtained from natural alkaline silica-rich water deriving from serpentinization. Specifically, we demonstrate three main types of mineral self-assembly: (i) nanocrystalline biomorphs of barium carbonate and silica, (ii) mesocrystals and crystal aggregates of calcium carbonate with complex biomimetic textures, and (iii) osmosis-driven metal silicate hydrate membranes that form compartmentalized, hollow structures. Our results suggest that silica-induced mineral self-assembly could have been a common phenomenon in alkaline environments of early Earth and Earth-like planets.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_28345049 (IID), 10.1126/sciadv.1602285 (DOI), PMC5357132 (PMCID), 28345049 (RID), 28345049 (EID), 1602285 (PII)
Keywords: Aqua de Ney, Calcite, Chemical Gardens, Life detection, Prebiotic chemistry, Silica Biomorphs, Nano composites, Self-organization, Witherite
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Science advances.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 3

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García-Ruiz, J. M., Nakouzi, E., Kotopoulou, E., Tamborrino, L., & Steinbock, O. (2017). Biomimetic mineral self-organization from silica-rich spring waters. Science Advances. Retrieved from