Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 285, Issue 12, pp 1301–1311

On the formation of calcium carbonate thin films under Langmuir monolayers of stearic acid

  • Michael Maas
  • Heinz Rehage
  • Holger Nebel
  • Matthias Epple
Original Contribution


In this publication, we describe the growth of thin films of calcium carbonate beneath Langmuir monolayers of stearic acid. The size and shape of the crystalline structures were systematically studied by means of different microscopic techniques including Brewster angle microscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. In a series of experiments, we explored the calcium carbonate crystallization process for different lipid monolayers and subphases. The observed phenomena support a crystallization process which is induced by a thin, film-like structure of a precursor phase. The basic processes of crystal and aggregate formation can be represented by a simple model which is based on electrostatic interactions between the surfactant film and the inorganic calcium carbonate structures.


Biomineralization Precursor film Calcium carbonate Stearic acid Brewster angle microscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Maas
    • 1
  • Heinz Rehage
    • 1
  • Holger Nebel
    • 2
  • Matthias Epple
    • 2
  1. 1.Physical Chemistry IIUniversity of DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Inorganic ChemistryUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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