Silicatein filaments and subunits from a marine sponge direct the polymerization of silica and silicones in vitro.

  title={Silicatein filaments and subunits from a marine sponge direct the polymerization of silica and silicones in vitro.},
  author={Jennifer N Cha and Katsuhiko Shimizu and Yueming Zhou and Sean C Christiansen and Bradley F Chmelka and Galen D Stucky and Daniel E Morse},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={96 2},
Nanoscale control of the polymerization of silicon and oxygen determines the structures and properties of a wide range of siloxane-based materials, including glasses, ceramics, mesoporous molecular sieves and catalysts, elastomers, resins, insulators, optical coatings, and photoluminescent polymers. In contrast to anthropogenic and geological syntheses of these materials that require extremes of temperature, pressure, or pH, living systems produce a remarkable diversity of nanostructured… CONTINUE READING
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