Advanced Materials

Morphosynthesis of Calcium Carbonate (Vaterite) Microsponges



Preparation by morphosynthesis–the chemical construction and patterning of inorganic materials with complex forms–will only be technologically relevant if inexpensive routes with high product yields can be developed. A facile, one-step, high-yield preparation of vaterite (calcium carbonate) microsponges is presented, the proposed mechanism for the formation of which is illustrated in the Figure.