Microbe-Mediated Extracellular and Intracellular Mineralization: Environmental, Industrial, and Biotechnological Applications

Wen Qin, Chen yu Wang, Yu xuan Ma, Min juan Shen, Jing Li, Kai Jiao, Franklin R. Tay, Li na Niu

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Microbe-mediated mineralization is ubiquitous in nature, involving bacteria, fungi, viruses, and algae. These mineralization processes comprise calcification, silicification, and iron mineralization. The mechanisms for mineral formation include extracellular and intracellular biomineralization. The mineral precipitating capability of microbes is often harnessed for green synthesis of metal nanoparticles, which are relatively less toxic compared with those synthesized through physical or chemical methods. Microbe-mediated mineralization has important applications ranging from pollutant removal and nonreactive carriers, to other industrial and biomedical applications. Herein, the different types of microbe-mediated biomineralization that occur in nature, their mechanisms, as well as their applications are elucidated to create a backdrop for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1907833
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • algae
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • microbe-mediated mineralization
  • viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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