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Adv Mater. 2015 Dec 2;27(45):7395-400. doi: 10.1002/adma.201503931. Epub 2015 Oct 19.

The Crystal Hotel: A Microfluidic Approach to Biomimetic Crystallization.

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1
School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
2
School of Earth and Environment and Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
3
Institute of Microwaves & Photonics, School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

Abstract

A "crystal hotel" microfluidic device that allows crystal growth in confined volumes to be studied in situ is used to produce large calcite single crystals with predefined crystallographic orientation, microstructure, and shape by control of the detailed physical environment, flow, and surface chemistry. This general approach can be extended to form technologically important, nanopatterned single crystals.

KEYWORDS:

bioinspired; biomineralization; calcium carbonate; microfluidics; microstructures; patterning

PMID:
26479157
PMCID:
PMC4722853
DOI:
10.1002/adma.201503931
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