Surface-Induced Recrystallization of Amorphous Calcium Carbonates to Oriented Calcite Crystals


Enigmatic functions of amorphous calcium carbonates (ACC) are explored by inducing the formation and the stabilization of spherulitic ACC particles on self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of hydroxy-terminated alkanethiols on Au surface. We demonstrate that the stabilized ACC particles can be induced to crystallize on command to form oriented calcite crystals by introducing a nucleating surface by a means of a secondary SAM surface with carboxylate functionality.

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Han, T.YJ., Aizenberg, J. Surface-Induced Recrystallization of Amorphous Calcium Carbonates to Oriented Calcite Crystals. MRS Online Proceedings Library 873, 410 (2005).

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