Biomimetic crystallization of unusual macroporous calcium carbonate spherules in the presence of phosphatidylglycerol vesicles

Xiaohua Liu, Lixue Zhang, Yuling Wang, Cunlan Guo, Erkang Wang*

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Abstract

We report the interesting finding that crystallization of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the presence of dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) vesicles by a simple gas diffusion method results in the formation of unusual microscopic CaCO3 spherules. The experimental results indicate that the as-prepared CaCO3 spherules, which have a complex macroporous structure, are predominantly vaterite. It is believed that DMPG vesicles play an important role in the process of crystallization, and the possible formation mechanism is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-762
Number of pages4
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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