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Crystal synthesis under langmuir monolayers


  • We thank Mr. J. M. Didymus for assistance with control experiments and Mr. B. Chapman for help with X-ray diffraction measurements. The work was supported by the SERC and ICI plc.


Organized organic surfaces can have a pronounced influence on the controlled crystallization of calcium carbonate. The effect is based on an inorganic-organic molecular recognition process which is important, for example, in biomineralization. The contributions of headgroup charge and ionic concentration are examined. One of the two types of vaterite (the less common polymorph of calcium carbonate) crystals grown are shown in the figure.

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