Immobilisation and characterisation of the demineralised, fully hydrated organic matrix of nacre--an atomic force microscopy study.

@article{Launspach2012ImmobilisationAC,
  title={Immobilisation and characterisation of the demineralised, fully hydrated organic matrix of nacre--an atomic force microscopy study.},
  author={M. Launspach and Klaudia R{\"u}ckmann and Meike Gummich and Hanna Rademaker and H. Doschke and M. Radmacher and M. Fritz},
  journal={Micron},
  year={2012},
  volume={43 12},
  pages={
          1351-63
        }
}
Mimicry of the tough natural composite nacre in future bioengineering requires knowledge of the biomineralisation process. The insoluble organic matrix isolated from the shell of the gastropod Haliotis laevigata was characterised by protein chemistry, topographical and mechanical measurements. Demineralisation of nacre in dilute acetic acid or ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid revealed a set of soluble proteins and the insoluble matrix. The insoluble matrix contains a chitin core and firmly… Expand
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