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Bio-inspired nanofabrication of barium titanate

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Complex metal oxides such as BaTiO3 are widely sought materials in the ceramic and electronic industries due to their piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and dielectric properties. The synthesis of BaTiO3 typically requires harsh reaction conditions such as high temperature and pressure that provide poor control over composition, crystal structure, and nanoscale morphology. In contrast, living organisms are able to maintain impressive regulation over the crystallization of inorganic materials during naturally occurring mineralization processes. Here, we present a few general principles from biomineralizing systems that can be harnessed for synthetic materials as well as successful bio-inspired approaches that have been demonstrated for the fabrication of BaTiO3 nanostructures.

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The article was received on 22 Mar 2010, accepted on 03 Jun 2010 and first published on 28 Jun 2010

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM00786B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 7916-7923
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    Bio-inspired nanofabrication of barium titanate

    A. R. Tao, K. Niesz and D. E. Morse, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 7916
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM00786B

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