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Oriented crystallization of calcium carbonate under self-organized monolayers of amide-containing phospholipids


Buijnsters, PJJA and Donners, JJJM and Hill, SJ and Heywood, BR and Nolte, RJM and Zwanenburg, B and Sommerdijk, NAJM, Oriented crystallization of calcium carbonate under self-organized monolayers of amide-containing phospholipids, Langmuir, 17, (12) pp. 3623-3628. ISSN 0743-7463 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2001 American Chemical Society

DOI: doi:10.1021/la001765n


In the presence of calcium ions amide-containing phospholipid 1 self-assembles to form well-defined two-dimensional domains at the air-water interface. These domains act as templates for the crystallization of calcium carbonate that efficiently nucleate the growth of [10.0] oriented calcite irrespective of the surface concentration of the lipid. Responsible for this preference for nucleation at the (10.0) face is the formation of an intramolecular hydrogen bond between the phosphate group and the phenoxy moiety which forces the phosphate group to adopt a bidentate orientation toward the aqueous phase, It was shown that when this hydrogen bond was absent, that is, when the phosphate group is monomethylated, lateral pressure was required in order to enforce a similar conformation and accomplish the nucleation of [10.0] oriented calcite.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:calcite, conformations, crystal orientation, hydrogen bonds, nucleation, phase interfaces, phospholipids, self assembly, crystallization
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Structure and dynamics of materials
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Heywood, BR (Professor Brigid Heywood)
ID Code:104448
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:73
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-11-11
Last Modified:2015-12-22

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