Sea Urchin Spicules: Assembly of a Fracture-Toughened Material at the Nano- and Mesoscales

Project: Research project

Project Details


Leveraging our considerable expertise in nacre layer protein database and our collaborative efforts with three externally-funded collaborators, we will study an important SM protein, SM30, and determine the following: a) Characterize the SM30 supramolecular assembly process; b) Determine the involvement of SM30 in the pre- and post-nucleation events of the in vitro calcium carbonate mineralization process; c) Evaluate intermolecular interactions and mineralization events involving SM30 and another SM protein, SM50.
Effective start/end date5/1/167/31/20


  • New York University (F8595-01//W911NF-16-1-0262)
  • Army Research Office (F8595-01//W911NF-16-1-0262)


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