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Molecular construction of oriented inorganic materials: Controlled nucleation of calcite and aragonite under compressed Langmuir monolayers

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Heywood, BR and Mann, S, Molecular construction of oriented inorganic materials: Controlled nucleation of calcite and aragonite under compressed Langmuir monolayers, Chemistry of Materials, 6, (3) pp. 311-318. ISSN 0897-4756 (1994) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1994 American Chemical Society

DOI: doi:10.1021/cm00039a011

Abstract

The oriented nucleation of the calcium carbonate polymorphs calcite and aragonite under compressed langmuir monolayers of anionic surfactants was studied by optical and analytical electron microscopy. Whereas n-octadecanoic acid (CH3(CH2)16COOH) monolayers induced the nucleation of the {1-1.0} face of calcite, n-eicosyl sulfate (CH3(CH2)19OSO3H), and n-eicosyl phosphonate (CH3(CH2)19PO3H2) promoted nucleation of the calcite (00.1) face. The precipitation of the CaCO3 polymorph araognite is favored by the presence of Mg2+ in the crystallization medium. Aragonite nucleation under compressed monolayers of these surfactants showed a similar dependence on headgroup stereochemistry. The (100) face was nucleated under eicosanoic acid monolayers, whereas the (001) face was observed in the presence of eicosyl sulfate or eicosyl phosphonate. The nucleation selectivity observed in these experiments can be explained by an interfacial mechanism that involves stereochemical complementarity between the oxygen atoms of the anionic headgroup and those of carbonate ions located in lattice positions in the crystal faces of nuclei forming at the monolayer/solution interface.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Research Field:Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Author:Heywood, BR (Professor Brigid Heywood)
ID Code:104436
Year Published:1994
Web of Science® Times Cited:177
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-11-11
Last Modified:2015-12-21
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