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Calcite crystallization on gelatin films containing polyelectrolytes

Authors

  • Dr. Giuseppe Falini,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician”, Università degli Studi, Via Selmi 2, I-40126 Bologna (Italy)
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  • Dr. Massimo Gazzano,

    1. Centro di Studio per la Fisica delle Macromolecole, CNR, Via Selmi 2, I-40126 Bologna (Italy)
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  • Prof. Alberto Ripamonti

    Corresponding author
    1. Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician”, Università degli Studi, Via Selmi 2, I-40126 Bologna (Italy)
    • Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician”, Università degli Studi, Via Selmi 2, I-40126 Bologna (Italy)
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  • Financial support by the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

The promotion of oriented calcie crystallization by various polyelectrolytes, in particular their relative efficiency, has been investigated. Gelatin containing polyelectrolytes was found to overcome the compatibility problem between an inert matrix and the water-soluble polyelectrolytes as sociated with biomineralization (the Figure shows calctie crystals grown on such a substrate).

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