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Macroscopically Ordered Polymer/CaCO3 Hybrids Prepared by Using a Liquid-Crystalline Template

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  • This study was partially supported by Grant-in-Aid for the Global COE Program for Chemistry Innovation (T.K. and Y.Y.), Exploratory Research (17655048) (T.K.), and Encouragement of Young Scientists B (19750106) (TN) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. We also thank Drs. H. Tsunakawa and K. Ibe for the measurement of TEM images.

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Unidirectionally aligned hybrids consisting of chitin and calcite were obtained by template crystallization of CaCO3 in an ordered chitin film with nematic liquid-crystalline molecular alignment. The picture shows the resulting chitin matrix containing CaCO3 rods, schematically and in the form of an optical micrograph, and the selected-area electron diffraction pattern of a thin section of a single rod.

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