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Tectonic arrangement of BaCO<sub>3</sub> nanocrystals into helices induced by a racemic block copolymer

Tectonic arrangement of BaCO3 nanocrystals into helices induced by a racemic block copolymer

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YU, Shu-Hong, Helmut CÖLFEN, Klaus TAUER, Markus ANTONIETTI, 2005. Tectonic arrangement of BaCO3 nanocrystals into helices induced by a racemic block copolymer. In: Nature Materials. 4(1), pp. 51-55. ISSN 1476-1122. eISSN 1476-4660. Available under: doi: 10.1038/nmat1268

@article{Yu2005-01Tecto-16650, title={Tectonic arrangement of BaCO3 nanocrystals into helices induced by a racemic block copolymer}, year={2005}, doi={10.1038/nmat1268}, number={1}, volume={4}, issn={1476-1122}, journal={Nature Materials}, pages={51--55}, author={Yu, Shu-Hong and Cölfen, Helmut and Tauer, Klaus and Antonietti, Markus} }

2011-11-15T13:32:14Z Antonietti, Markus eng Yu, Shu-Hong Cölfen, Helmut Cölfen, Helmut Antonietti, Markus terms-of-use Yu, Shu-Hong Tauer, Klaus 2011-11-15T13:32:14Z Tauer, Klaus Morphosynthesis strategies inspired by biomineralization processes gives access to a wide range of fascinating and useful crystalline mesostructures1, 2, 3. Biomimetic synthesis of inorganic materials with complex shapes can now be used to control the nucleation, tensorial growth, and alignment of inorganic crystals in a way previously not practicable3. Double hydrophilic block copolymers (DHBCs)4 consisting of a hydrophilic block strongly interacting with inorganic minerals, and a non-interacting hydrophilic block, were recently introduced for the control of mineralization reactions. DHBCs are 'improved versions' of the previously used polyelectrolytes or amphiphiles and are extraordinarily effective in crystallization control5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Here, we report on the formation of helices of achiral BaCO3 nanocrystals in the presence of a racemic DHBC suggesting that a helical alignment can be induced by racemic polymers through selective adsorption on the (110) face of nanocrystals. This mechanism is the key for a better understanding of the self-assembly of chiral organic–inorganic superstructures that don't follow a direct template route. Tectonic arrangement of BaCO<sub>3</sub> nanocrystals into helices induced by a racemic block copolymer Nature Materials ; 4 (2005), 1 - S. 51-55 2005-01

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