Accession Number : ADA323529

Title :   Fundamental Investigation of Biomineralization.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Sarikaya, Mehmet

PDF Url : ADA323529

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 253

Abstract : The research activities in this augmentation program on biomimetics focused on three areas: (a) understanding the formation of mollusk shell structures, with emphasis on abalone shell, studied by transmission electron microscopy imaging and diffraction; (b) biomineralization (and self-assembly) processes using the synthetic approaches (solution chemistry) with and without using the proteins extracted from the shell organic material and, in a parallel study, (c) understanding of the mechanical properties of the mollusk shell structures (biological composites). The results and major conclusions drawn from these studies are given in the accompanying report. The program supported on graduate student (Ph.D., Daniel Frech) and three undergraduate students (senior students: Demetriah Webster, Mary Katchur, and Gretchen Wahl) in their research in the development of human-resources in this interdisciplinary field.

Descriptors :   *COMPOSITE MATERIALS, *SHELLS(STRUCTURAL FORMS), *MINERALIZATION, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, BIOLOGY, STUDENTS, SOLUTIONS(MIXTURES), PROTEINS, AUGMENTATION, ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, TRANSMITTANCE, CHEMISTRY, IMAGES, ORGANIC MATERIALS, PARALLEL ORIENTATION.

Subject Categories : Inorganic Chemistry
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE