Design of a Synthetic Foldamer that Modifies the Growth of Calcite Crystals

Lara A. Estroff, Christopher D. Incarvito, Andrew D. Hamilton

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An oligopyridine foldamer, whose structure is dictated by bifurcated hydrogen bonds, was designed to recognize the surface of calcite through three carboxylates, projected from one face of the molecule. At low concentrations of the trimer, elongated calcite crystals with angular, teeth-like growths, identified as {↑0l} faces, were exclusively formed. In the presence of a related monomer, only calcite rhombohedra are formed, indicating that it is the ordered array of carboxylates that causes the morphological changes, via a specific interaction between the foldamer and the newly expressed faces of the growing calcite crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-3
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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