Research Area #1: Formation of nanoparticles

Use of surface-sensitive techniques to investigate nucleation in the process of biomineralization

Biominerals usually possess fascinating properties. The understanding and ultimately the mimicking of biomineralization will promote the fabrication of functional materials for various applications. Exactly how biomolecules (mostly proteins) regulate minerals’ structure, size, shape, orientation, texture and assembly of the constituents remain relatively unknown. This line of study focuses on studying surface nucleation, an important first step of biomineralization, on various surfaces that are designed to mimic the heterogeneous nature of proteins.

Related presentation:
Huang R.X. and Lau B.L.T. Surface-directed Mineralization of Calcium Phosphate: Effects of Solution Composition and Surface Properties. MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, 2011.