THE EFFECT OF POLYELECTROLYTES ON CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTALLIZATION


Akyol E. , Öner M.

SIGMA JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND NATURAL SCIENCES-SIGMA MUHENDISLIK VE FEN BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.25, no.1, pp.48-57, 2007 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Name: SIGMA JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND NATURAL SCIENCES-SIGMA MUHENDISLIK VE FEN BILIMLERI DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Academic Search Premier, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.48-57
  • Keywords: Calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM), crystallization, biomineralization, polyelectrolytes, constant composition method

Abstract

In this study, the effects of polyelectrolytes on the growth mechanism of the calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystals, which have great importance both in industry and biomineralization have been investigated. The crystal growth experiments were carried out in aqueous solutions at 37 degrees C by the constant composition method. Polyacrylic acid and poly (ethylene glycol-block-acrylic acid) copolymer were used as additives. The results of the experiment show that the inhibition of crystallization rate depends on the nature of the polymer and its concentration. Polyelectrolyte effects were interpreted in terms of the adsorption of inhibitors onto the active growth sites on the crystal surface.