Polymer-Mediated Mineralization and Self-Similar Mesoscale-Organized Calcium Carbonate with Unusual Superstructures

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  • An-Wu Xu,

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    1. Division of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (P.R. China)
    • Division of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (P.R. China).
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  • Markus Antonietti,

    1. Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, MPI Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
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  • Shu-Hong Yu,

    1. Division of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (P.R. China)
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  • Helmut Cölfen

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    1. Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, MPI Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
    • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, MPI Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany).
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  • This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the special funding support from the Centurial Program of CAS. We also thank the Max Planck Society for funding. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.

Abstract

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The growth of calcium carbonate (calcite) mesocrystals with self similar unique hierarchical superstructures is successfully realized by polymer-controlled crystallization. A mechanism involving the self-organization of smaller inorganic building blocks during the crystallization of calcium carbonate is proposed.

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