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Biogenic Organic Crystals: From Crystal Formation to Genetically Engineered Optical Materials


Lizards exploit the changing optics of developing chromatophore cells to switch defensive colors during ontogeny

Author(s): Gan Zhang; Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada; Topaz Halperin; Avital Wagner; Michal Shemesh; Alexander Upcher; Iddo Pinkas; Harry L. O. McClelland; Dror Hawlena; Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Issue 4, 2023, Page(s) 1-9, ISSN 0027-8424
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2215193120

Macromolecular sheets direct the morphology and orientation of plate-like biogenic guanine crystals

Author(s): Avital Wagner, Alexander Upcher, Raquel Maria, Thorolf Magnesen, Einat Zelinger, Graça Raposo & Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Nature Communications, 2023, Page(s) 1-8, ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-35894-6

A tunable reflector enabling crustaceans to see but not be seen

Author(s): Keshet Shavit, Avital Wagner, Lukas Schertel, Viviana Farstey, Derya Akkaynak, Gan Zhang, Alexander Upcher, Amir Sagi, Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada, Johannes Haataja and Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Science, Issue 379, 2023, Page(s) 695 - 700, ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.add4099

Biogenic Guanine Crystals Are Solid Solutions of Guanine and Other Purine Metabolites.

Author(s): Noam Pinsk; Avital Wagner; Lilian Cohen; Christopher J. H. Smalley; Colan E. Hughes; Gan Zhang; Mariela J. Pavan; Nicola Casati; Anne Jantschke; Gil Goobes; Kenneth D. M. Harris; Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Issue 2, 2022, Page(s) 5180–5189, ISSN 0002-7863
Publisher: American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c00724

Characterization and possible function of an enigmatic reflector in the eye of the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei

Author(s): Nathan Schiffmann; Eyal Merary Wormser; Vlad Brumfeld; Yoseph Addadi; Iddo Pinkas; Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada; Eliahu D. Aflalo; Amir Sagi; Benjamin A. Palmer; Steve Weiner; Lia Addadi
Published in: Faraday Discussions, Issue 1, 2020, Page(s) 278-294, ISSN 1359-6640
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
DOI: 10.1039/d0fd00044b

The Non-Classical Crystallization Mechanism of aComposite Biogenic Guanine Crystal

Author(s): Avital Wagner, Vladimir Ezersky, Raquel Maria, Alexander Upcher, Tali Lemcoff, Eliahu D. Aflalo, Yael Lubin, and Benjamin A. Palmer*
Published in: Advanced Materials, Issue 34, 2022, ISSN 0935-9648
Publisher: United Nations Industrial Developement Organization
DOI: 10.1002/adma.202202242

Measuring the optical properties of nanoscale biogenic spherulites

Author(s): Lior M. Beck, Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada, Alexander Upcher, Benjamin A. Palmer, Lia Addadi, and Dan Oron
Published in: Optics Express, 2021, ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher: Optical Society of America
DOI: 10.1364/oe.430376

Functional Molecular Crystals in Biology

Author(s): Avital Wagner; Qiang Wen; Noam Pinsk; Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Israel Journal of Chemistry, Issue 2, 2021, Page(s) 668-678, ISSN 0021-2148
Publisher: Laser Pages Publishing Ltd.
DOI: 10.1002/ijch.202100069

Brilliant whiteness in shrimp from ultra-thin layers of birefringent nanospheres

Author(s): Tali Lemcoff, Lotem Alus, Johannes S. Haataja, Avital Wagner, Gan Zhang, Mariela J. Pavan, Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada, Silvia Vignolini, Dan Oron, Lukas Schertel & Benjamin A. Palmer
Published in: Nature Photonics, 2023, Page(s) 485–493, ISSN 1749-4885
Publisher: Nature Pub. Group
DOI: 10.1038/s41566-023-01182-4

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