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Calcium Carbonate Nanotablets: Bridging Artificial to Natural Nacre

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  • Xuan Qi Li,

    1. NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Singapore
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  • Hua Chun Zeng

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    1. NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Singapore
    • NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Singapore.
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Abstract

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.

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