Development of Mineralization
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The ‘development of mineralization’ group studies composition and function of teeth and bones, focusing on understanding the arrangement and mechanical adaptation of two complementary types of materials: tooth dentine versus rodent bone material. High resolution characterization and imaging methods including X-ray and visible light microscopy are coupled with mechanical loading experiments. The aim is to understand basic materials-science principles in these tissues, their evolutionary adaptation, and the dynamics of mineral distribution in health and pathology. Such knowledge forms the basis for understanding changes occurring during pathology, and may be used for biomimetic inspiration of artificial engineering structures.