In the most general sense, biomineralization is a process by which organisms produce materials solutions for their own functional requirements. Because so many biomineral products are derived from an initial solution phase and are either completely crystalline or include crystalline components, an understanding of the physical principles of crystallization from solutions is an important tool for students of biomineralization. However, crystal growth is a science of great breadth and depth, about which many extensive texts have been written. In addition, there are already other thorough reviews that specifically address the crystal growth field of study as it relates to biomineral...
Research Article|January 03, 2003
Principles of Crystal Nucleation and Growth
James J. De Yoreo
Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2003) 54 (1): 57-93.