Crystal design of barium sulfate using double-hydrophilic block copolymers

  • Qi L
  • Cölfen H
  • Antonietti M
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Peach, peanut, fiber, and flower (see picture) crystal morphologies are achieved from the precipitation of simple minerals in the presence of specifically adsorbing polymers. These crystal design effects are illustrated using BaSO(4) and double-hydrophilic block copolymers, the latter featuring carboxylate, sulfonate, phosphonate, and aspartic acid groups.

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  • Biomimetic synthesis
  • Colloids
  • Crystal engineering
  • Polymers

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  • Limin Qi

  • Helmut Cölfen

  • Markus Antonietti

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