• Hermann Ehrlich
Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 13)


Biomaterialogy is an interdisciplinary research field dealing with the phenomena of biomineralization and mineral-free sclerotization (rigidification) of soft tissues into diverse skeletal structures which have been naturally occurring since life began (Mann 2001). Today, biomineralization is defined as an ancient (Conway-Morris 2003; Wähtershäuser 2007), fundamental and highly dynamic biological process by which living organisms produce minerals with multifunctional properties. These include hardening existing subcellular organic templates, scaffolds and tissues, producing protective armours and shells against external environmental damages (predators, UV irradiation, toxic metals, etc.), as well as to help organisms with magnetic navigation (Monteil et al. 2019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Electronic and Sensor MaterialsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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