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Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanethiols on gold surfaces show great promise in controlling the nucleation and growth of inorganic minerals from solution. In doing so, they mimic the rôle of some biogenic macromolecules in natural biomineralisation processes. Crystallization on SAM surfaces is usually monitored ex-situ; by allowing the process to commence and to evolve for some time, removing the substrate from the mother solution, and then examining it using microscopy, diffraction etc. We present here for the first time, the use of high energy monochromatic synchrotron X-radiation in conjunction with a two dimensional detector to monitor in situ, in a time resolved fashion, the growth of SrCO3 (strontianite) crystals on a SAM substrate.

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The article was received on 05 Oct 2000, accepted on 07 Nov 2000 and first published on 08 Jan 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B008097G
J. Mater. Chem., 2001,11, 503-506

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    Crystallization of SrCO3 on a self-assembled monolayer substrate: an in-situ synchrotron X-ray study

    J. Küther, M. Bartz, R. Seshadri, G. B. M. Vaughan and W. Tremel, J. Mater. Chem., 2001, 11, 503
    DOI: 10.1039/B008097G

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