Biomineralization using proteins for industrial application
Seashells, crustacean shells and bones can be cited as examples of biomineralization. These living organisms have a gene to create inorganic minerals, thus the kinds of hard tissue with minerals are genetically designed. We currently focus on biomineralization using silica-forming enzyme which is isolated from sponge. Using the biomineralization function of living organisms, our laboratory is advancing research with the potential to help with civil engineering, construction and environmental improvement.