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Biomineralization of calcium carbonate: structural aspects

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Abstract

We analyze the observed structural distinctions between calcium carbonate crystals of biogenic and non-biogenic origin in terms of interaction between organic macromolecules and growing mineral. We conclude that rather strong forces are imposed by organic macromolecules on mineral crystallites, which cause lattice strains of about 0.2%. According to the developed model, these strains arise primarily throughout the amorphous-crystalline phase transformation at early stages of biomineralization.

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The article was received on 08 Jun 2007, accepted on 17 Aug 2007 and first published on 29 Aug 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B708704G
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2007,9, 1156-1161
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    Biomineralization of calcium carbonate: structural aspects

    E. Zolotoyabko and B. Pokroy, CrystEngComm, 2007, 9, 1156
    DOI: 10.1039/B708704G

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