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Title: Exploiting algal mineralization for nanotechnology: bringing coccoliths to the fore
Author(s): Skeffington, Alastair W
Scheffel, André
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Keywords: Biomedical Engineering
Issue Date: Feb-2018
Date Deposited: 28-Jun-2023
Citation: Skeffington AW & Scheffel A (2018) Exploiting algal mineralization for nanotechnology: bringing coccoliths to the fore. Skeffington A (Researcher) <i>Current Opinion in Biotechnology</i>, 49, pp. 57-63.
Abstract: Complex mineral structures are produced by many microalgal species. Pioneering work on diatom silica has demonstrated the potential of such structures in nanotechnology. The calcified scales of coccolithophores (coccoliths) have received less attention, but the large diversity of architectures make coccoliths attractive as parts for nano-devices. Currently coccolith calcite can be modified by the incorporation of metal ions or adsorption of enzymes to the surface, but genetic modification of coccolithophores may permit the production of coccoliths with customized architectures and surface properties. Further work on the laboratory cultivation of diverse species, the physiochemical properties of coccoliths and on genetic tools for coccolithophores will be necessary to realize the full potential of coccoliths in nanotechnology.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.copbio.2017.07.013
Rights: This article is available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license and permits non-commercial use of the work as published, without adaptation or alteration provided the work is fully attributed.
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