Fluorapatite crystals, SEM

Fluorapatite crystals, SEM

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Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of fluorapatite crystals forming a flower-like structure. Often, as here, apatite takes on the form of needles. Apatite is the main mineral content of human bones and teeth. There's a lot of interest in understanding how apatite formation occurs so that it can be replicated to treat decayed tooth enamel.

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Keywords: biomimetics, brushite, calcium phosphate, chemical, chemistry, colored, coloured, crystal, crystalline, elastin-like protein, false-coloured, mineral, minerology, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem

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