Growth of oxalate crystals on films of acrylate polymers

Burdon J., Oner M., Calvert P.

MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING C-BIOMIMETIC AND SUPRAMOLECULAR SYSTEMS, vol.4, no.2, pp.133-137, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Cast films of a series of acrylic copolymers and homopolymers were immersed in a crystallizing solutions of calcium oxalate which also contained a growth inhibitor. Hydroxylated polyacrylates, but not carboxylated polyacrylates, were found to form films of calcium oxalate. Microscopic observations of the rime sequence for film formation suggested that crystals are nucleated inside the polymer film and then grow up through the surface.