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Block-Copolymer-Controlled Growth of CaCO3 Microrings

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Division of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, the Structure Research Laboratory of CAS, the School of Chemistry and Materials, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, People's Republic of China, and Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, MPI Research Campus Golm, D-14424 Potsdam, Germany
Cite this: J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 13, 6432–6436
Publication Date (Web):March 14, 2006
Copyright © 2006 American Chemical Society

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    A novel way for directed solution growth of hollow superstructures of CaCO3 has been successfully developed on the basis of controlled self-assembly and polymer concentration gradients using a double-hydrophilic block copolymer with a hydrophobic modification as a directing agent. A formation mechanism of such rings is proposed on the basis of the formation of CaCO3 nanoparticles in unstructured block copolymer assemblies with subsequent aggregation of these primary nanoparticles. This leads to the formation of a polymer concentration gradient from the inside to the outside of the particle. As the polymer contains multiple chelating units, this leads to a selective dissolution of the center of the particle.

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