Structural evolution of aragonite superstructures obtained in the presence of the siderophore deferoxamine†
The effect of amphoteric siderophore deferoxamine on the crystallization behavior of calcium carbonate was investigated under bioinspired conditions. Amphoteric siderophore deferoxamine possesses self-organization ability, surface activity and ion-chelating properties. It induces in the present case the formation of unusual, highly organized aragonite mesocrystals during the precipitation of calcium carbonate from liquid phase. A detailed investigation of the structure and growth of the particles provides an insight into the role of the deferoxamine and its function in the crystallization process.