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Keywords:

  • calcium carbonate;
  • nacre;
  • artificial materials;
  • layered structures;
  • nanotablets;
  • self-assembly
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Single-crystalline CaCO3 nanotablets are synthesized in large quantities through oriented attachment of pristine nanoparticles. The prepared nanotablets can serve as genuine building blocks for the construction of nacreous inorganic-organic hybrids, through which freestanding films and monoliths with tunable composition and mechanical properties are fabricated. These newly available CaCO3 crystal tablets may also serve as a starting platform for future CaCO3 research.