Can sustainable, monodisperse, spherical silica be produced from biomolecules? A review

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dc.contributor.author Curley, Ricky
dc.contributor.author Holmes, Justin D.
dc.contributor.author Flynn, Eoin J.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-10T11:35:13Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-10T11:35:13Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05-25
dc.identifier.citation Curley, R., Holmes, J. D. and Flynn, E. J. (2021) 'Can sustainable, monodisperse, spherical silica be produced from biomolecules? A Review', Applied Nanoscience, 11 (6), pp. 1777-1804. doi: 10.1007/s13204-021-01869-6 en
dc.identifier.volume 11 en
dc.identifier.issued 6 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1777 en
dc.identifier.endpage 1804 en
dc.identifier.issn 2190-5509
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/12375
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s13204-021-01869-6 en
dc.description.abstract Spherical silica is a fundamentally important material with uses across a wide and diverse range of areas. However, the synthetic routes to producing spherical silica—typically Stöber processes—are inherently unsustainable and environmentally damaging. Petrochemical surfactants, alcoholic solvents, and ammonium hydroxide, which are commonly used, each have their own associated environmental problems. Demand is growing to find new, more sustainable ways, to synthesise spherical silica. Bioinspired and biomimetic silica, produced using knowledge learned from natural silica production methods such as biomineralisation, is an ever-growing field of research, that provides a possible route to more sustainable industrial silica production. Biomolecules can be used to shape and form spherical silica instead of petrochemical surfactants. Water-based chemistries can be used instead of alcohol solvents and ammonium hydroxide. This review establishes the parallels between the natural silica biomineralisation process and Stöber processes and focuses on the physicochemical properties necessary for biomolecules to synthesise spherical silica. Recent biomolecule-based syntheses are highlighted, and an outlook is given on further developments in the field. en
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dc.publisher Springer en
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dc.rights © King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology 2021. This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13204-021-01869-6 en
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dc.subject Spherical silica en
dc.subject Biopolymers en
dc.subject Biomineralisation en
dc.subject Biomimetic synthesis en
dc.title Can sustainable, monodisperse, spherical silica be produced from biomolecules? A review en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Justin D. Holmes, Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.holmes@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2022-05-25
dc.date.updated 2022-01-07T12:43:04Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Applied Nanoscience en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.holmes@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress eoin.flynn@ucc.ie


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