Inorganic Materials

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 397–401 | Cite as

Layered agglomeration of primary vaterite nanoparticles during ultrasonic stirring

  • S. S. Berdonosov
  • I. V. Melikhov
  • I. V. Znamenskaya


Primary nanoparticles of vaterite (a metastable form of calcium carbonate) precipitated in aqueous solutions under 2.64-MHz sonication are found to experience layered agglomeration. The vaterite particles are characterized by electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The particle size distribution of the precipitate is determined. A mathematical model for layered agglomeration is proposed, and the conclusion is made that, under the experimental conditions used, heterogeneous nucleation of primary vaterite particles takes place.


Calcium Particle Size Microscopy Electron Microscopy Aqueous Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Berdonosov
    • 1
  • I. V. Melikhov
    • 1
  • I. V. Znamenskaya
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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