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Unveiling the Formation Mechanism of Pseudo-Single-Crystal Aragonite Platelets in Nacre
Physical Review Letters
  • Xiaodong Li, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • Zaiwang Huang
Publication Date
2-19-2009
Document Type
Article
Abstract

We demonstrate direct evidence that a single-crystal-like aragonite platelet is essentially assembled with aragonite nanoparticles. The aragonite nanoparticles are readily oriented and assembled into pseudo-single-crystal aragonite platelets via screw dislocation and amorphous aggregation, which are two dominant mediating mechanisms between nanoparticles during biomineralization. These findings will advance our understanding of nacre’s biomineralization process and provide additional design guidelines for developing biomimetic materials.

Citation Information
Xiaodong Li and Zaiwang Huang. "Unveiling the Formation Mechanism of Pseudo-Single-Crystal Aragonite Platelets in Nacre" Physical Review Letters Vol. 102 Iss. 7 (2009) p. 075502
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/xiaodong_li/114/