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Diffusion and Precipitation Processes in Iron-Based Silica Gardens

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Glaab, Fabian ; Rieder, Julian ; Garcia-Ruiz, Juan Manuel ; Kunz, Werner ; Kellermeier, Matthias
Date of publication of this fulltext: 18 Sep 2018 06:31


Silica gardens are tubular structures that form along the interface of multivalent metal salts and alk. solns. of sodium silicate, driven by a complex interplay of osmotic and buoyant forces together with chem. reaction. They display peculiar plant-​like morphologies and thus can be considered as one of the few examples for the spontaneous biomimetic self-​ordering of purely inorg. materials. ...


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