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Deciphering biomineralization mechanisms through 3D explorations of mesoscale crystalline structure in calcareous biomaterials

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Project "3D-BioMat" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙966˙428 €
 EC max contribution 1˙966˙428 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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 Project objective

The fundamental 3D-BioMat project aims at providing a biomineralization model to explain the formation of microscopic calcareous single-crystals produced by living organisms. Although these crystals present a wide variety of shapes, associated to various organic materials, the observation of a nanoscale granular structure common to almost all calcareous crystallizing organisms, associated to an extended crystalline coherence, underlies a generic biomineralization and assembly process. A key to building realistic scenarios of biomineralization is to reveal the crystalline architecture, at the mesoscale, (i. e., over a few granules), which none of the existing nano-characterization tools is able to provide. 3D-BioMat is based on the recognized PI’s expertise in the field of synchrotron coherent x-ray diffraction microscopy. It will extend the PI’s disruptive pioneering microscopy formalism, towards an innovative high-throughput approach able at giving access to the 3D mesoscale image of the crystalline properties (crystal-line coherence, crystal plane tilts and strains) with the required flexibility, nanoscale resolution, and non-invasiveness. This achievement will be used to timely reveal the generics of the mesoscale crystalline structure through the pioneering explorations of a vast variety of crystalline biominerals produced by the famous Pinctada mar-garitifera oyster shell, and thereby build a realistic biomineralization scenario. The inferred biomineralization pathways, including both physico-chemical pathways and biological controls, will ultimately be validated by comparing the mesoscale structures produced by biomimetic samples with the biogenic ones. Beyond deciphering one of the most intriguing questions of material nanosciences, 3D-BioMat may contribute to new climate models, pave the way for new routes in material synthesis and supply answers to the pearl-culture calcification problems.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Irene Calvo-Almazan, Marc Allain, Siddart Maddali, Virginie Chamard, Stephan Hruszkewycz
Impact and mitigation of angular uncertainties in Bragg coherent x-ray diffraction imaging
published pages: 6386, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-42797-4
Scientific Reports 2019-10-29
2018 Virginie Chamard
A New Look on Biomineralization With X-ray Crystalline 3D Microscopy
published pages: 2-5, ISSN: 1431-9276, DOI: 10.1017/S1431927618012461
Microscopy and Microanalysis 24/S2 2019-10-29
2019 Arthur Baroni, Marc Allain, Peng Li, Virginie Chamard, Patrick Ferrand
Joint estimation of object and probes in vectorial ptychography
published pages: 8143, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.008143
Optics Express 27/6 2019-10-29
2018 Megan O. Hill, Irene Calvo-Almazan, Marc Allain, Martin V. Holt, Andrew Ulvestad, Julian Treu, Gregor Koblmüller, Chunyi Huang, Xiaojing Huang, Hanfei Yan, Evgeny Nazaretski, Yong S. Chu, G. Brian Stephenson, Virginie Chamard, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Stephan O. Hruszkewycz
Measuring Three-Dimensional Strain and Structural Defects in a Single InGaAs Nanowire Using Coherent X-ray Multiangle Bragg Projection Ptychography
published pages: 811-819, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04024
Nano Letters 18/2 2019-09-17
2018 Patrick Ferrand, Arthur Baroni, Marc Allain, Virginie Chamard
Quantitative imaging of anisotropic material properties with vectorial ptychography
published pages: 763, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.000763
Optics Letters 43/4 2019-09-17
2017 F. Mastropietro, P. Godard, M. Burghammer, C. Chevallard, J. Daillant, J. Duboisset, M. Allain, P. Guenoun, J. Nouet, V. Chamard
Revealing crystalline domains in a mollusc shell single-crystalline prism
published pages: 946-952, ISSN: 1476-1122, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4937
Nature Materials 16/9 2019-09-17

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