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Bio-Inspired Mineralization from Aqueous Solutions of Zinc Nitrate Directed by Building Blocks of DNA

  • Micha Jost (a1), Peter Gerstel (a2), Joachim Bill (a3) and Fritz Aldinger (a4)

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In this paper, the suitability of DNA- and RNA-bases, nucleosides and nucleotides, and DNA itself as structure-directing agents for the mineralization of ZnO-based materials is discussed. Those bioorganic molecules are able to trigger the morphology of mineralization products ranging from smooth, homogenous thin films to sponge-like, sheet-like and fibrous products. Besides the investigation of morphological features by scanning electron microscopy, the structural characterization of these materials by X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy is discussed.

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