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Growth Behavior and Kinetics of Self-Assembled Silica-Carbonate Biomorphs

Kellermeier, Matthias ; Kunz, Werner ; Garcia-Ruiz, Juan Manuel ; Melero-Garcia, Emilio ; Glaab, Fabian ; Eiblmeier, Josef ; Kienle, Lorenz ; Rachel, Reinhard


Upon slow crystallization from silica-containing solutions or gels at elevated pH, alkaline-earth carbonates spontaneously self-assemble into remarkable nanocrystalline ultrastructures. These so-called silica biomorphs exhibit curved morphologies beyond crystallographic symmetry and ordered textures reminiscent of the hierarchical design found in many biominerals. The formation of these ...


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