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Bionic synthesis of a magnetic calcite skeletal structure through living foraminifera

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Abstract

This communication describes the bionic preparation of a composite material in which fluorescent magnetite nanoparticles are included within the calcitic skeletal structure of the foraminifer Amphistrigina lessoni. This research represents the first tailored experiment where a living calcifying organism is used to synthesize a CaCO3 composite, taking advantage of its control over the precipitation process, which has potentially no comparison with in vitro experiments.

Graphical abstract: Bionic synthesis of a magnetic calcite skeletal structure through living foraminifera

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Submitted
01 Apr 2019
Accepted
21 May 2019
First published
21 May 2019

Mater. Horiz., 2019,6, 1862-1867
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Bionic synthesis of a magnetic calcite skeletal structure through living foraminifera

G. Magnabosco, H. Hauzer, S. Fermani, M. Calvaresi, F. Corticelli, M. Christian, C. Albonetti, V. Morandi, J. Erez and G. Falini, Mater. Horiz., 2019, 6, 1862
DOI: 10.1039/C9MH00495E

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