Duan Research Group

Hetero-integrated Nanostructures and Nanodevices


Biomimetic synthesis of inorganic materials and their applications

Y. Li, C.-Y. Chiu, and Y. Huang

Pure Appl. Chem. 83, 111-125 (2011)

Mimicking the evolution processes of Nature, the combinatorial approach to biomolecular recognition properties attracts much attention due to the potential as a generic scheme to achieving complex material structures and hierarchical assemblies with molecular precision from the bottom up. In this paper, some recent efforts in the biomimetic synthesis of inorganic materials are reviewed, with emphasis placed on in vitro material formation with the use of protein/peptide molecules found in natural organisms as well as those with specific affinities to inorganic materials selected through the molecular evolution process. The applications of material-specific peptides and proteins in sensing and guiding hierarchical material assembly are also briefly discussed at the end.
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