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Johannes Ihli, Pieter Bots, Alexander Kulak, Liane G Benning and Fiona C Meldrum Elucidating Mechanisms of Diffusion-Based Calcium Carbonate Synthesis Leads to Controlled Mesocrystal Formation Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201742

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Elucidation of the changes in solution that accompany CaCO3 precipitation by the widely used ammonia diffusion method enables replication of calcite mesocrystals via a simple and highly reproducible titration-based method. The experiments also demonstrate that aggregation-based growth, which generates these complex structures, is promoted by high and constant supersaturation levels, giving insight into the mechanisms of mesocrystal formation.

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