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Self-assembly of Carbonate-silica Colloids: Between Living and Non-living Form

Hyde, Stephen; Carnerup, Anna; Larsson, Ann-Kristin; Christy, Andrew; Garcia Ruiz, Juan Manuel


We describe self-assembled silica-carbonate aggregates that show a diverse range of morphologies, all of which display complex internal structure, orientational ordering of components, and well-organised, curved global morphologies that bear a strong resemblance to biogenic forms. The internal order is described as a liquid-crystal-like organisation of colloidal particles. We discuss possible causes for the striking morphologies of these inorganic materials, including local nanocrystal packing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Physica A: Statistical mechanics and its applications
DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2004.03.045


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