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Investigators at University of Konstanz Discuss Findings in Nanocomposites (Structural complexity of hexagonal prismatic crystal specimens of...

July 16, 2014



Investigators at University of Konstanz Discuss Findings in Nanocomposites (Structural complexity of hexagonal prismatic crystal specimens of fluorapatite-gelatine nanocomposites: A case study in biomimetic crystal research)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Nanocomposites are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Constance, Germany, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Hexagonal prismatic crystal-like entities of fluorapatite-gelatine nanocomposites were grown by double-diffusion in gelatine gels."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Konstanz, "The Bragg pattern of the specimens (containing 2.3(3) wt.-% gelatine) is consistent with fluorapatite. TEM images together with atomistic computer simulations reveal the material to be best described as a mosaic-dominated nanocomposite superstructure."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Intrinsic electric dipole fields (detected by electron holography), generated by a non-classical crystallization process of composite nanoboards (elongated platelets), cause the integration of a meso/macroscopic pattern (symmetry: 6/m) of gelatine microfibrils into the superstructure matrix."

For more information on this research see: Structural complexity of hexagonal prismatic crystal specimens of fluorapatite-gelatine nanocomposites: A case study in biomimetic crystal research. Crystal Research and Technology, 2014;49(1):4-13. Crystal Research and Technology can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Crystal Research and Technology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1521-4079)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Kniep, University of Konstanz, Dept. of Chem, D-78457 Constance, Germany. Additional authors for this research include P. Simon and E. Rosseeva (see also Nanocomposites).

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Germany, Constance, Biomimetics, Bioengineering, Bionanotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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