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Simulations Aim to Unlock Nature's Process of Biomineralization

December 9, 2010

Hendrik Heinz A University of Akron researcher is leveraging advanced modeling and simulation resources at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to study the process of biomineralization, nature's ability to form complex structures, such as bones, teeth and mollusk shells. Hendrik Heinz, Ph.D., is investigating a natural phenomenon that if harnessed, could lead to the design of composite materials and devices for such applications as bone replacement. Full Story

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