Thin-film growth of aragonite CaCO3 on annealed poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrices is induced by adding Mg2+ into a supersaturated solution of CaCO3. Both the growth rate and surface morphology of the aragonite thin films depend upon the concentration of Mg 2+ in the mineralization solution. In the absence of PVA matrices, no thin films are formed, despite the presence of Mg2+. Molecular dynamics simulation of the CaCO3 precursor suggests that the transition of amorphous calcium carbonate to crystals is suppressed in the presence of Mg2+. The role for ionic additives in the crystallization of CaCO3 on organic templates obtained in this study may provide useful information for the development of functional hybrid materials.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry