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Template-Dependent Morphogenesis of Oriented Calcite Crystals in the Presence of Magnesium Ions


  • We thank J. J. DeYoreo, E. DiMasi, and C. Orme for constructive discussions.


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A potent crystallization strategy for the synthesis of homogeneous calcite crystals in a variety of morphological forms (see picture) from solutions containing Mg ions and using self-assembled monolayers as nucleation templates is reported. The approach is based on a new phenomenon – template-dependant crystal morphogensis.