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Thermodynamic and Kinetic Parameters for Calcite Nucleation on Peptoid and Model Scaffolds - a Step Toward Nacre Mimicry.

submitted on 13.12.2019, 13:45 and posted on 19.12.2019, 12:55 by Anne Rath Nielsen, Stanislav Jelavic, Daniel Murray, Behzad Rad, Martin Andersson, Marcel Ceccato, Andrew Mitchell, Susan Stipp, Ron N. Zuckermann, Karina Sand
To establish an approach for a bulk upscaling of a composit material consisting of calcium carbonate and tunable peptoids we here combined three distinct approaches to thoroughly access the underlying kinetic and thermodynamic driving forces for CaCO3 formation on peptoid polymers. We derived the net interfacial free energy for calcite formation on the nanosheets and self-assemblage monolayers of the sheets constituent functional groups (carboxyl, amine and a 1:1 mix) using: nucleation experiments, dynamic force spectroscopy and theoretical modeling (COSMO-RS). We applied nucleation theory to the results and obtain insight into conditions were we can obtain favorable nucleation conditions on the polymers in a highly controlled manner.


DOE: DE-AC02-05CH11231 and and User Proposal #3517

Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 663830 and the Welsh Government and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales through the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Oticon Foundation


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University of Copenhagen, GLOBE Institute



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Version1 December2019