The goal of this session is to bring together a diverse group of researchers from crystal growth, biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science to discuss the current advancements in biomineralization, macromolecular crystallization and bio-inspired materials synthesis. The topics of interest in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Biomineralization, in particular physical and chemical controls in carbonates and other model systems and bones, teeth and pathological mineralization;
  • Crystallization of biological molecules including protein and virus crystallization and natural systems (s-layer proteins, sickle cells, amyloid fibrils, etc.);
  • Bio-inspired crystallization;
  • Non classical nucleation and crystallization.


Invited speakers (confirmed):

Alexander E. Van Driessche (CSIC-UGR, Spain)
Growth mechanisms that trigger self-purification during protein growth

Christophe Drouet (CIRIMAT Carnot Institute, France)
Nanocrystalline apatites analogous to bone mineral: review of surface state and derived interfacial behaviors

Denis Gebauer (University of Konstanz, Germany)
The role of prenucleation clusters during (bio)mineral nucleation

Hiroaki Imai (Keio University, Japan)
Bioinspired mineralization: branching growth and oriented attachment

André Studart (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Synthetic analogues of biomineralized materials

Peter G. Vekilov (University of Houston, USA)
Protein conformational flexibility as a prerequisite for the formation of crystalline nuclei


Jolanta Prywer  (Poland) jolanta.prywer@p.lodz.pl
Helmut Coelfen  (Germany) helmut.coelfen@uni-konstanz.de
Abel  Moreno  (Mexico) IUCr representative carcamo@servidor.unam.mx