Charge, stereochemistry, or epitaxy? Toward controlled biomimetic nucleation at mixed monolayer templates

Ben Stripe*, Ahmet Uysal, Binhua Lin, Mati Meron, Pulak Dutta

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Abstract

Floating monolayer mixtures of cationic dioctadecyldimethyldiammonium bromide and anionic lipids were used as variable templates for the biomimetic nucleation of calcium carbonate and studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Varying the ratio of constituents changes the monolayer charge, structure, and molecular tilt. The nucleating surface of calcite also changes as the mixture is varied, and at an 80:20 ratio the (012) face is seen under a floating monolayer template for the first time. Our results indicate that the average template lattice is the major controlling factor in the oriented nucleation of CaCO 3. This is in contrast to the current view that the orientation is controlled by the stereochemical matching of the terminal functional group and molecular tilt with respect to the carbonate groups in the crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-578
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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