Synthesis of calcium phosphate crystals with thin nacreous structure
2016 (English)In: CrystEngComm, ISSN 1466-8033, E-ISSN 1466-8033, Vol. 18, no 6, 1064-1069 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Nacre-like structures have attracted great interest in recent years due to their outstanding toughness, stiffness and impact resistance. However, there is a challenge associated with engineering nacre-like calcium phosphate crystals. In this study, thin nacreous-like monetite sheets were synthesized in solutions guided by a surfactant. The influence of temperature, initial pH, Ca/P ratio, stirring time and the concentration of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the nacre-like structure has been studied. Findings showed that a nacre-like structure could only be formed at a high temperature (90 degrees C), high initial pH (11), sufficient stirring time (3 h), and under the presence of CTAB. A small-angle X-ray scattering experiment carried out at a synchrotron radiation facility showed that the distance between nanolayers was around 2.6 nm and TEM confirmed the fine sheet-like structure. The mechanism of the formation the nacre-like structure and its characterization were discussed.
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2016. Vol. 18, no 6, 1064-1069 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274987DOI: 10.1039/c5ce02078fISI: 000369609800025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274987DiVA: diva2:898070
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2013-5419Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation