The growth mechanism of apatite nanocrystals assisted by citrate: Relevance to bone biomineralization

Michele Iafisco, Gloria Belén Ramírez-Rodríguez, Yuriy Sakhno, Anna Tampieri, Gianmario Martra, Jaime Gómez-Morales, José Manuel Delgado-López

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Abstract

Here we report that citrate plays a key dual role in the apatite crystallization: driving a growth pathway via an amorphous precursor and controlling the size of nanocrystals by the non-classical oriented aggregation mechanism. These results provide new insights into bone mineralization, where the role of citrate might be wider than has been thought to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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