What does it mean to be at the forefront of a characterization technique? Novel implementation and research, finding new ways to visualize composites, and new techniques all play a role. Yet with the myriad of advances in the field, keeping up with new and advanced techniques, often from many different areas, has become a challenge. Biomineralization Sourcebook: Characterization of Biominerals and Biomimetic Materials emphasizes the interplay between multiple techniques at their current frontiers and explores how such studies may be carried out.
The book addresses atomic and molecular structure: how it is described, detected, and assessed for importance. It then highlights additional measurements especially well-suited to looking at two- and three-dimensional systems with heterogeneous, if not hierarchical, structure. These systems enable particular aspects of biominerals and biomimetic models to be scrutinized. The text presents state-of-the-art methods to assess properties of the composite, and represents current approaches and aspirations to measuring entire biological working structures while retaining as much fine-grained biophysical information as possible. In all these chapters, authors showcase discoveries from their own programs.
Along the way, the book takes you on a tour from microscopy's eighteenth century roots, to the recent literature and diverse research programs of the contributing investigators, to the multi-million dollar National Laboratory facilities that all play their roles to illuminate the ever-fascinating biominerals. A snapshot of the state of the art in a spectrum of experimental techniques applied to a common interdisciplinary goal, where the ability to use the more advanced techniques often requires funding for collaboration and travel, the book will deepen the appreciation for the massive interdisciplinary effort underway, educate researchers across the field, and motivate new collaborations.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 1474 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 28 mm
"... a very useful source not only for researchers in the general area of biominerals, but for anyone engaged in the synthesis and analysis of the structure, properties, and applications of hybrid materials. ... [It] covers experimental and computational methods over all necessary length scales from the atomic to the macroscopic dimensions, including, for example, whole organ mechanical analysis. ... The key importance of the book likely lies in the fact that for the first time in a while, the key experimental techniques for the investigation of hybrid materials have been assembled in one volume."
-MaterialsViews, July 2014
"This sourcebook provides both a background foundation and authoritative descriptions of essentially all of these new approaches [in biomineralization research]. Thus, it will be an indispensable source for advanced students and researchers in the field."
-Grayson W. Marshall, DDS, MPH, PhD, Odont. Dr hc (Malmo), Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chair, Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco
"... provides state-of-the-art information about the characterization of biomineralized materials, and also goes in depth with the practical procedures and inherent difficulties when applying these methods. For this, the book will be particularly useful to students, postdocs, and other researchers entering the field."
-Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl, Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
"... a highly relevant compendium of the most important, currently available analytical techniques used to understand biomineralization processes and the structures they produce."
-Marc D. McKee, Ph.D., James McGill Professor, McGill University
"This handbook [also] includes ... many other fantastic techniques that are used for better understanding biomineralization. The collection of all this know-how literally under one cover is an enormous asset for the field."
-From the Foreword by Steve Weiner and Lia Addadi, Department of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science