Biological synthesis of strontium carbonate crystals using the fungus Fusarium oxysporum

Debabrata Rautaray, Ambarish Sanyal, Suguna D. Adyanthaya, Absar Ahmad, Murali Sastry

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Abstract

The total biological synthesis of SrCO3 crystals of needlelike morphology arranged into higher order quasi-linear superstructures by challenging microorganisms such as fungi with aqueous Sr2+ ions is described. We term this procedure "total biological synthesis" since the source of carbonate ions that react with aqueous Sr2+ ions is the fungus itself. We believe that secretion of proteins during growth of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum is responsible for modulating the morphology of strontianite crystals and directing their hierarchical assembly into higher order superstructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6827-6833
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume20
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

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