Aggregation-governed oriented growth of inorganic crystals at an organic template

Sumit Kewalramani*, Geoffrey Dommett, Kyungil Kim, Guennadi Evmenenko, Haiding Mo, Benjamin Stripe, Pulak Dutta

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X-ray studies performed during the growth of CdC O3 and MnC O3 crystals from supersaturated aqueous solutions, at fatty acid monolayer templates, reveal that the nucleates are nearly three-dimensional powders below a threshold supersaturation. However, at higher supersaturations, the crystals are preferentially oriented with the {0 1 2} direction vertical. Scanning electron microscope images of samples transferred to substrates show discrete crystals at low concentrations, while at higher concentrations the crystals self-aggregate to form linear chains and sheets. The authors speculate that preferential alignment at the organic-inorganic interface is enhanced as a consequence of oriented aggregation of crystals. The role of monolayer-ion interactions in governing the morphologies and the resulting orientation of the inorganic nucleate is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224713
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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