Read the PROMETHEUS webcomic: “Something in the water”

Read the PROMETHEUS webcomic: “Something in the water”

Don’t miss Till Lukat’s “Something in the water”, the webcomic based on our own PROMETHEUS project is already on its 7th chapter. Join “Prof. De Arce” and his team on their crystallographic and biomorph seeking adventures on: bit.ly/SomthngWatr “Something in the water”, el webcomic de Till Lukat basado en nuestro proyecto PROMETHEUS ya va por su séptimo capítulo. Únete al “Prof. De Arce” y su equipo en sus aventuras cristalográficas en busca de biomorfos: bit.ly/SomthngWatr

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Mineral self-organization of primitive earth

Mineral self-organization of primitive earth

It is almost impossible to find a place on the Earth’s surface where chemistry has not been influenced by biology. But there was a time when the planet was barren and the phenomena of mineral formation were different from today… Juan Manuel García Ruiz tells us about the mineral self-organization of the primitive earth.

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Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Biomorphs are silica and carbonate materials capable of assembling themselves to create symmetries, forms and structures similar to those of living organisms. The results of this CSIC study have been published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. Calcium carbonate is the mineral most used by living organisms to build complex structures with excellent mechanical properties that they use as exoskeletons. To make them, they only need calcium from sea or river water, carbon dioxide from the…

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Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry

Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry

Mattia Bizzarri, B.; Botta, L.; Perez-Valverde, M. I.; Saladino, R.; Di Mauro, E.; Garcia-Ruiz, J. M., Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 2018, 24 (32), 8126-8132. Download paper. It has recently been demonstrated that mineral self‐assembled structures catalyzing prebiotic chemical reactions may form in natural waters derived from serpentinization, a geological process widespread in the early stages of Earth‐like planets. We have synthesized self‐assembled membranes by mixing…

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International School of Crystallization (ISC2018)

International School of Crystallization (ISC2018)

Prometheus has supported the 6th International School of Crystallization: Drugs, Foods, Agrochemicals, Minerals, New Materials (ISC2018, http://www.iscgranada.org/) under the auspices of the International Union of Crystallography through the Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials Commission and the Teaching Commission, with the support of the International Doctoral Summer School Programme of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering of the University of Granada, the Spanish Specialized Group of Crystallography and Crystal Growth (GE3C) and the Excellence Network…

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