Cryogenic electron tomography reveals the template effect of chitosan in biomimetic silicification

B. Leng, Z. Shao, P.H.H. Bomans, L.J. Brylka, N.A.J.M. Sommerdijk, G. With, de, W. Ming

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Abstract

Chitosan (CS) can mediate the formation of spherical, tabulate, and unique starfruit-like silica in the presence of phosphate ions (Pi). CryoTEM and cryoET were used to examine the CS aggregates in the hydrated state. 3D starfruit-like CS/Pi aggregates were reconstructed, which unambiguously confirmed the templating effect of CS/Pi in biomimetic silicification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1703-1705
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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