Handbook of Biomineralization: Biological Aspects and Structure Formation / Edition 1

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This first comprehensive overview of the modern aspects of biomineralization represents life and materials science at its best: Bioinspired pathways are the hot topics in many disciplines and this holds especially true for biomineralization.
Here, the editor has assembled an international team of renowned authors to provide first-hand research results.
This first of three volumes deals with the biology of biominerals structure formation, with sections on silica-hydrated polysilicondioxide, iron sulfides and oxides, calcium carbonates and sulfates, as well as calcium phosphates.
An interdisciplinary must-have account, for biochemists, bioinorganic chemists, lecturers in chemistry and biochemistry, materials scientists, biologists, and solid state physicists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527318049
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 471
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Bäuerlein was was born in 1932, studied chemistry inSaarbrücken, Munich, and Frankfurt (Germany) and he completedhis PhD with Prof. Th. Wieland on biologically relevanthydroquinones. He then moved to the Max Planck Institute formedical research, Heidelberg (Germany), as a research group leader,completed his Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg in 1974,where he was appointed Professor in 1980. In 1984 he moved to theMax Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, departmentmembrane biochemistry, where he was research group leader. Heedited two successful books about biomineralization.
Peter Behrens, born in 1957, studied chemistry and did his Ph.D. atthe University of Hamburg. He did his Habilitation at theUniversity of Constance and University of California (Prof.Stucky). In 1994 he was appointed Professor for Inorganic Chemistryat the University of Munich, afterwards in Hannover. He is memberof the Braunschweigische Scientific Society, President of theGerman Zeolite Association and member of the Board of the EuropeanZeolite Associations and reviewer for several national andinternational foundations and journals. His research interestsinclude porous materials, biomaterials, hybrid and compositematerials, synthesis of materials as well asbiomineralization.
Matthias Epple is born in 1966, studied chemistry at the Universityof Braunschweig, did his Diploma and Ph. D. in physical andtheoretical chemistry (Prof. Cammenga). For postdocs he moved toProf. Berg, Univeristy of Washington, Seattle, Prof. Reller,University of Hamburg, and Sir J. M. Thomas, London. He wasappointedProfessor at the University of Augsburg, Bochum and nowDuisburg-Essen for Inorganic Chemistry. He received several awards,e.g. Netzsch-GEFTA Young Scientist Award, Heisenberg Grant andHeinz Maier-Leibnitz Award by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.His research interests include the development and application ofbiomaterials, biomimetic crystallization, application ofsynchrotron-based methods, synthesis of nanoparticles andreactivity of solid compounds.

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Table of Contents

Growth and Form: What is the Aim of Biomineralization
Collagen, a Huge Matrix in Glass Sponge Flexible Spicules of theMeter-long Hyalonema Sieboldi
Molecular Genetic and Biochemical Tools for the Analysis of DiatomCell Wall Formation
Formation of Siliceous Spicules in the Marine Demosponge SuberitesDomuncula
Development of Advanced Mechanical Defenses of Diatom Shells
Evolution of Diatoms
Uptake of Silicon in Different Plant Species
Magnetic Microstructure of Magnetotactic Bacteria
An Archeal Ferritin: First Step in its Iron Cluster Formation
Physiology and Genetics of Magnetite Crystal Formation inMagnetotactic Bacteria
Physical and Chemical Principles of Magnetosensation inBiology
The Morphogenesis and Biomineralization of Sea Urchin LavalSpicules
Coccolith Formation in Pleurochrysis Carterae: Structural andMolecular Approaches
Molecular Approaches to Emiliana Huxleyi Coccolith Formation
Organic Matrix and Biomineralization of Scleractinian Corals
Statoliths, Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate Crystals, are Used forGravity Sensing in Scyphozoan Medusa (Cnidaria)
Unusually Acidic Proteins in Biomineralization
Fish Otolith Calcification in Relation to Endolymph Chemistry
Eggshell Growth and Matrix Proteins
Genetic Basis for the Evolution of Vertebrate MineralizedTissue
Skeletogenesis in Zebra Fish Embryos (Danio Rerio)
Synchroton-Radiation Based Micro Computer Tomography Applied onZebra Fish Bone and Teeth
Mechanical and Structural Properties of Skeletal Bone in Wild-Typeand Mutant Zebra Fish (Danio Rerio)
Nanoscale Mechanism of Bone Deformation and Fracture
Formation and Structure of Calciprotein Particles: The CalciumPhosphate-Ahsg/FetuinA Interphase

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