Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume


Mazen Alshaaer

Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Dr. Alshaaer has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in reputed international journals and conferences, besides one patent and has been the Principal Investigator or coordinator on 10 research projects.


Biomineralization Carbonate Minerals Marine Organisms Inorganic Compounds Silicates Phosphates Cells Bone Regeneration Nanoparticles Cancer Therapy Water Treatment Heavy Metals Removal

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Biomineralization attributes to a mechanism in which living organisms produce minerals, often to harden or strengthen existing tissues. These tissues are called mineral tissues. More than 60 biominerals have already been identified in the biological world. Biomineralization, serving among other things, building external skeletons, and bones. Thus biomineralization can be used to support the organism and to help it defend itself or, conversely, to get food. The biominerals produced can be of different types. For example, diatoms produce desiccated, while coral reefs secrete calcium carbonate. Finally, our teeth (enamel) and our bones are mainly hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate). According to fossil discoveries, biominerals could have appeared at least 750 million years ago. The most important applications for biomineralization are the medical applications, the removal of heavy metals from wastewater or contaminated soil, the biological fixation of soils, as well as the self-healing treatment of cracks in concrete. Accordingly, this book focuses on biominerals, their formation process and their applications in various fields.

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Mazen Alshaaer

Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Mazen Alshaaer is an associate Professor of Materials Science at the Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University. He received his doctorate degree in Materials Science, with specialization in synthesis of inorganic materials, from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) in 2006. He had been working at the University of Jordan from 2006 until 2012. He was a visiting scholar at University of Aveiro (Portugal) Technical university of Crete (Greece). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in reputed international journals and conferences, besides one patent and has been the Principal Investigator or coordinator on 10 research projects. His current research interests include green construction materials, synthesis of bioceramics, cement, and scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, functional geopolymeric materials, and low cost construction.

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