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Alginate hydrogel-mediated crystallization of calcium carbonate  

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We documented a specific method for combining calcium ions and alginate molecules slowly and continuously in the mineralization system for the purpose of understanding the mediating function of alginate on the crystallization of calcium carbonate. The alginate was involved in the nucleation and the growth process of CaCO{sub 3}. The crystal size, morphology and roughness of crystal surface were significantly influenced by the type of the alginate, which could be accounted for by the length of the G blocks in alginate. A combination of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis showed that there were the chemical interactions between the alginate and the mineral phase. This strategic approach revealed the biologically controlled CaCO{sub 3} mineralization within calcium alginate hydrogels via the selective nucleation and the confined crystallization of CaCO{sub 3}. The results presented here could contribute to the understanding of the mineralization process in hydrogel systems. -- Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the growth of calcite aggregates with different morphologies obtained from (a) Low G alginate gels and (b) High G alginate gels. Display Omitted highlights: > We use a specific method for combining calcium ions and alginate molecules slowly and continuously in the mineralization system to understand the mediating function of alginate on the crystallization of CaCO{sub 3} crystals. > The crystal size, morphology and crystal surface roughness are influenced by the length of G blocks in alginate. There are chemical interactions between the alginate and the mineral phase. > We propose a potential mechanism of CaCO{sub 3} crystallization within High G and Low G calcium alginate hydrogel.

Ma, Yufei [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084 (China); Feng, Qingling, E-mail: biomater@mail.tsinghua.edu.c [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084 (China)

2011-05-15

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Polymorph-selective crystallization of calcium carbonate inspired by biomineralization  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This dissertation primarily examines bioinspired mineralization, focusing on the polymorph-selective crystallization of calcium carbonate. (1) The effect of epitaxy on the polymorphic control of calcium carbonate was studied with aragonite-type inorganic substrates. The critical epitaxial mismatch for aragonite growth, when conditions disfavor aragonite, seems to be less than 7.1%. Larger epitaxial strain appeared to prohibit aragonite formation even though the substrates had the same crystal structure. The epitaxy required for aragonite nucleation seems to be more precise than that often suggested for biological systems. (2) Polymers of different aqueous-solution properties were tested to observe the effect on the crystallization of calcium carbonate. Near exclusive formation of aragonite was attained through the inhibition of more stable calcite with poly(vinyl alcohol). The contributing characteristics of poly(vinyl alcohol) seemed to be its ability to hydrogen bond and its tendency to adsorb non-specifically onto solid surfaces. Similar inhibition activity is suggested for various biomacromolecules involved in biogenic aragonite formation of mollusks, with the biomacromolecules acting in the same way as poly(vinyl alcohol). (3) Polymer surfaces imprinted by aragonite-type crystals (strontium carbonate) were studied as substrates for the crystallization of calcium carbonate. Only calcite formed under vaterite-, aragonite-, and calcite-favorable conditions. This result seemed to arise from the nature of functional groups, rather than from the molecular structure of the imprint. Interaction between the functional groups and calcium carbonate is suggested to have enhanced the crystallization rate, resulting in the rapid formation of the thermodynamically stable calcite irrespective of the bulk crystallization conditions. (4) A catechol-based monomer was synthesized in the course of developing a dental adhesive, which mimics the functionalities of mussel adhesive proteins. The coupling behavior of the monomer to hydroxyapatite, a mineral component of dentin, was studied. (5) Multiple denaturation of fibrillar collagen was reexamined with a highly sensitive differential scanning calorimeter. Multiple states of collagen were recognized by the appearance of several denaturation peaks: oxidized tropocollagen, intact tropocollagen, immature fibrils, and mature fibrils. The immature fibrils were identified as an intermediate state of collagen assembly, since it disappeared with time at constant temperature.

Kim, Il Won

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Egg-white-mediated crystallization of calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, shape-controlled crystallization and self-assembly of CaCO3 hierarchical architectures has been successfully synthesized via the gas diffusion method in egg white solution. Stepwise growth and assembly of CaCO3 nanoparticles has been observed from transition of an amorphous CaCO3 to the crystallization and stabilization of platelet-like nanoparticles and eventually, the wool sphere-like CaCO3 hierarchical architectures assembling of nanoparticles. The proteins binding on nanoparticle surfaces proved to regulate the growth of nanoparticles and subsequent assembly into hierarchical superstructures via electrostatic and dipole interactions. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nano mechanical Tester. The measured average elastic modulus and the hardness of calcium carbonate hybrid materials were 5.32 GPa and 0.1886 GPa by the nano-indenter test, respectively.

Zheng, Liang; Hu, Yanli; Ma, Yongjun; Zhou, Yong; Nie, Fude; Liu, Xun; Pei, Chonghua

2012-12-01

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The kinetics and mechanisms of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) crystallization to calcite, via vaterite.  

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The kinetics and mechanisms of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) crystallization to calcite, via calcium carbonate (ACC) crystallization to calcite, via vaterite, were studied at a range, the vaterite transforms to calcite via a dissolution and reprecipitation mechanism with the reaction rate

Benning, Liane G.

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Calcium Carbonate  

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A Novel Growth Process of Calcium Carbonate Crystals in Silk Fibroin Hydrogel System  

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1 A Novel Growth Process of Calcium Carbonate Crystals in Silk Fibroin Hydrogel System Yufei Ma carbonate (CaCO3) crystal growth in the silk fibroin (SF) hydrogel with different concentrations by a simple ion diffusion method. The experimental results indicate that the CaCO3 crystals obtained from silk

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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The inhibition of calcium carbonate crystal growth by the cysteine-rich Mdm2 peptide  

Microsoft Academic Search

The crystal growth of calcite, the most stable calcium carbonate polymorph, in the presence of the cysteine-rich Mdm2 peptide (containing 48 amino acids in the ring finger configuration), has been investigated by the constant composition technique. Crystallization took place exclusively on well-characterized calcite crystals in solutions supersaturated only with respect to this calcium carbonate salt. The kinetic results indicated a

E. Dalas; A. Chalias; D. Gatos; K. Barlos

2006-01-01

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Crystal growth of calcium carbonate in silk fibroin/sodium alginate hydrogel  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As known, silk fibroin-like protein plays a pivotal role during the formation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) crystals in the nacre sheets. Here, we have prepared silk fibroin/sodium alginate nanofiber hydrogels to serve as templates for calcium carbonate mineralization. In this experiment, we report an interesting finding of calcium carbonate crystal growth in the silk fibroin/sodium alginate nanofiber hydrogels by the vapor diffusion method. The experimental results indicate calcium carbonate crystals obtained from nanofiber hydrogels with different proportions of silk fibroin/sodium alginate are mixture of calcite and vaterite with unusual morphologies. Time-dependent growth study was carried out to investigate the crystallization process. It is believed that nanofiber hydrogels play an important role in the process of crystallization. This study would help in understanding the function of organic polymers in natural mineralization, and provide a novel pathway in the design and synthesis of new materials related unique morphology and structure.

Ming, Jinfa; Zuo, Baoqi

2014-01-01

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Morphological control of calcium carbonate crystallized in reverse micelle system with anionic surfactants SDS and AOT.  

PubMed

The influence of a surfactant over water on the polymorphism and crystal size of calcium carbonate produced by reaction crystallization in microemulsion systems was investigated in a mixing tank reactor. The crystallization was induced by the reaction between two aqueous micelle solutions (Na2CO3-CaCl2) stabilized by anionic surfactants, SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) or AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate). With increasing surfactant ratio to water, the water-in-oil microemulsion was stably developed and the morphology of the calcium carbonate crystallized in the micelles sharply transformed from calcite to vaterite. The influence of SDS on the polymorphism and crystal size of calcium carbonate was much clearer than that of AOT. In addition, with AOT, certain step changes in the morphology and crystal size occurred around a surfactant ratio to water (R=[H2O]/[surfactant]) of 15 due to a two-phase separation of the microemulsion. PMID:15927617

Kang, Sung Hoon; Hirasawa, Izumi; Kim, Woo-Sik; Choi, Chang Kyun

2005-08-15

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Characterization of calcium carbonate crystals in pigeon yolk sacs with different incubation times.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate crystals are known to form in the yolk sacs of fertile pigeon eggs at late stages of incubation. The composition and structure of these crystals were investigated, the crystallization environment was inspected, and the physical chemistry constants of the yolk fluid were determined through the incubation period. Polarized light microscopy was used to observe the generation and distribution of calcium carbonate crystals in the yolk sac. In addition, X-ray diffraction was employed to analyze the composition and crystal phase of the yolk sac. A decalcification and deproteination method was established to analyze the ultrastructure and composition of the crystals, as well as the internal relationship between inorganic and organic phases of the crystals. Additionally, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to evaluate the characteristics of the crystals. Our results demonstrated that the calcium carbonate crystals were mainly composed of vaterite and calcite, with vaterite being the major component. Vaterite, a type of biomaterial generated by an organic template control, presented as a concentric hierarchical spherical structure. The organic nature of the biomaterial prevented vaterite from transforming into calcite, which is more thermodynamically stable than vaterite. Additionally, the configuration, size, and aggregation of vaterite were also mediated by the organic template. This bio-vaterite was found during the incubation period and is valuable in calcium transport during embryonic development. PMID:24602270

Song, Juan; Cheng, Haixia; Shen, Xinyu; Hu, Jingxiao; Tong, Hua

2014-05-01

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The crystal polymorphism of calcium carbonate is determined by the matrix structure in quail eggs.  

PubMed

Two calcified structures, the eggshell and sperm-associated body (SB), are present in the eggs of the Japanese quail, Coturnix japonica. X-ray diffractometry showed that calcium carbonates take the form of calcite in the eggshell and aragonite in the SB. The aim of the present study was to identify the factors that determine the morphology of calcium carbonate crystals. The matrix of EDTA-treated eggshell was a meshwork of vesicles, 200 to 500 nm in diameter, connected by fine fibers or fibrous sheets. The matrix of SB cortex was a radiation of rod-shaped projections approximately 130 nm in width. In vitro crystal formation was achieved by adding dissociated matrix substances to test solutions. When eggshell matrix material was added, formation of calcite crystals, which had many vesicular holes on their surface, was observed. When SB matrix material dissociated by sonication was added, rhombohedral calcite crystals formed at protein concentrations of 100 microg/mL or lower, and elongated and bundled crystals formed at concentrations of 150 microg/mL or higher. When SB matrix material dissociated by pipetting was added, aragonite crystals formed. These observations indicate that the matrix structure is the principal factor in determining the crystal polymorphism of calcium carbonate. PMID:19903967

Iwasawa, A; Uzawa, M; Rahman, M A; Ohya, Y; Yoshizaki, N

2009-12-01

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Dehydration and crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate in solution and in air  

PubMed Central

The mechanisms by which amorphous intermediates transform into crystalline materials are poorly understood. Currently, attracting enormous interest is the crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate, a key intermediary in synthetic, biological and environmental systems. Here we attempt to unify many contrasting and apparently contradictory studies by investigating this process in detail. We show that amorphous calcium carbonate can dehydrate before crystallizing, both in solution and in air, while thermal analyses and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance measurements reveal that its water is present in distinct environments. Loss of the final water fraction—comprising less than 15% of the total—then triggers crystallization. The high activation energy of this step suggests that it occurs by partial dissolution/recrystallization, mediated by surface water, and the majority of the particle then crystallizes by a solid-state transformation. Such mechanisms are likely to be widespread in solid-state reactions and their characterization will facilitate greater control over these processes. PMID:24469266

Ihli, Johannes; Wong, Wai Ching; Noel, Elizabeth H.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kulak, Alexander N.; Christenson, Hugo K.; Duer, Melinda J.; Meldrum, Fiona C.

2014-01-01

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Effect of Hydraulic Activity on Crystallization of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) for Eco-Friendly Paper  

PubMed Central

Wt% of aragonite, a CaCO3 polymorph, increased with higher hydraulic activity (°C) of limestone in precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) from the lime-soda process (Ca(OH)2-NaOH-Na2CO3). Only calcite, the most stable polymorph, was crystallized at hydraulic activity under 10 °C, whereas aragonite also started to crystallize over 10 °C. The crystallization of PCC is more dependent on the hydraulic activity of limestone than CaO content, a factor commonly used to classify limestone ores according to quality. The results could be effectively applied to the determination of polymorphs in synthetic PCC for eco-friendly paper manufacture. PMID:20087470

Kim, Jung-Ah; Han, Gi-Chun; Lim, Mihee; You, Kwang-Suk; Ryu, Miyoung; Ahn, Ji-Whan; Fujita, Toyohisa; Kim, Hwan

2009-01-01

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Calcium carbonate crystallization on xiphoid of the cuttlefish  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A mollusc shell, the xiphoid from cuttlefish was found to be a substrate favouring the deposition of aragonite crystals from stable supersaturated solutions at pH 8.50 and 25°C. The crystallization was studied at constant solution composition, thus making it possible for a relatively large amount of the overgrowths to be formed and to be identified exclusively as aragonite crystals. The apparent order found from kinetics data was n=4.1±0.4, thus suggesting a polynuclear mechanism. A surface energy of 24±3 mJ m -2 was calculated for the growing phase and a four-ion cluster forming the critical nucleus, according to the classical nucleation theory.

Manoli, F.; Dalas, E.

2000-08-01

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Calcium carbonate overdose  

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Characterization of calcium carbonate/chitosan composites  

SciTech Connect

The crystal growth of calcium carbonate on a chitosan substrate was achieved using a supersaturated calcium carbonate solution, by using various additives, polyacrylic acid (PAA). Polyacrylic acid modified the chitosan-film surface and promoted the nucleation of calcium carbonate crystals.

Gonsalves, K.E.; Zhang, S. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)

1995-12-31

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The preparation of calcium carbonate crystals regulated by mixed cationic/cationic surfactants  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cationic surfactants, didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C 12mim]Br) and DDAB/[C 12mim]Br mixture were used to induce the formation of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3) crystals at ambient temperature. The obtained CaCO 3 particles were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The morphologies of CaCO 3 crystals changed from laminated cube to sphericity and string shape with the increase of DDAB and [C 12mim]Br concentration, respectively. Flower-shaped CaCO 3 crystals were synthesized in the mixed DDAB/[C 12mim]Br system. More importantly, it was found that the complete conversion from calcite to vaterite was achieved at room temperature only through changing DDAB concentration. The regulations of DDAB and [C 12mim]Br to CaCO 3 crystals have been compared with that of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) in our previous work and possible mechanisms have been proposed. It is shown that the cationic surfactants can control the crystallization of CaCO 3 and the number of hydrophobic alkyl chains of cationic surfactants might be more effective in modulating the crystallization of vaterite than the head groups.

Zhao, Yingyuan; Li, Shuxia; Yu, Li; Liu, Yonghui; Wang, Xiaoqing; Jiao, Jingjing

2011-06-01

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Crystallization and assembling behavior of calcium carbonate controlled by Ca-organic fibers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) crystals with different phases were obtained on the basis of one-dimensional Ca-deoxycholate fibers (Ca-DC fibers) under ambient conditions. Ca-DC fibers were prepared by the combination of Ca2+ ions and sodium deoxycholate (SDC) before the addition of sodium bicarbonate. Vaterite dominated mixtures could be easily obtained in the presence of Ca-DC fibers in the aqueous system at 10 °C. As the temperature was increased to 30 and 120 °C, pure vaterite and aragonite with novel morphologies were obtained, respectively. The framework formed by one-dimensional Ca-DC fibers was demonstrated to be the key role in mediating the crystallization and assembling behaviors of calcium carbonate. In this study, Ca-DC fibers, prepared as a novel insoluble organic polymorph controller, could even play an important role in the industrial production of CaCO3 with different polymorphs in future and other similar Ca-organic fibers are believed to have same functions as well.

Chen, Anliang; Ma, Peiyan; Fu, Zhengyi; Wu, Yan; Kong, Wei

2013-08-01

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Influence of a protein on the crystallization of calcium phosphates and carbonates from solutions simulating human blood plasma  

Microsoft Academic Search

Experiments on the steady-state crystallization of calcium phosphates and carbonates from aqueous solutions simulating human blood plasma under typical physiological conditions (37.0 +\\/- 0.2degreesC and pH 7.35 +\\/- 0.05) were performed. The influence of a dissolved protein (bovine serum albumin) on the crystallization was studied. It was found that the amorphism of the precipitate increases with the concentration of the

S V Dorozhkin

2004-01-01

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Intrinsically Disordered and Pliable Starmaker-Like Protein from Medaka (Oryzias latipes) Controls the Formation of Calcium Carbonate Crystals  

PubMed Central

Fish otoliths, biominerals composed of calcium carbonate with a small amount of organic matrix, are involved in the functioning of the inner ear. Starmaker (Stm) from zebrafish (Danio rerio) was the first protein found to be capable of controlling the formation of otoliths. Recently, a gene was identified encoding the Starmaker-like (Stm-l) protein from medaka (Oryzias latipes), a putative homologue of Stm and human dentine sialophosphoprotein. Although there is no sequence similarity between Stm-l and Stm, Stm-l was suggested to be involved in the biomineralization of otoliths, as had been observed for Stm even before. The molecular properties and functioning of Stm-l as a putative regulatory protein in otolith formation have not been characterized yet. A comprehensive biochemical and biophysical analysis of recombinant Stm-l, along with in silico examinations, indicated that Stm-l exhibits properties of a coil-like intrinsically disordered protein. Stm-l possesses an elongated and pliable structure that is able to adopt a more ordered and rigid conformation under the influence of different factors. An in vitro assay of the biomineralization activity of Stm-l indicated that Stm-l affected the size, shape and number of calcium carbonate crystals. The functional significance of intrinsically disordered properties of Stm-l and the possible role of this protein in controlling the formation of calcium carbonate crystals is discussed. PMID:25490041

Ró?ycka, Miros?awa; Wojtas, Magdalena; Jakób, Micha?; Stigloher, Christian; Grzeszkowiak, Miko?aj; Mazur, Maciej; O?yhar, Andrzej

2014-01-01

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Linking crystal structure with temperature-sensitive vibrational modes in calcium carbonate minerals.  

PubMed

We demonstrate a correlation between how an IR-active vibrational mode responds to temperature changes and how it responds to crystallinity differences. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy was used to track changes in carbonate-related vibrational modes in three different CaCO3 polymorphs (calcite, aragonite, and vaterite) and CaMg(CO3)2 (dolomite) during heating. Of the three characteristic IR-active carbonate modes, the in-plane bending mode (?4) shows the most pronounced changes with heating in polymorphs that have planar carbonate arrangements (calcite, aragonite, and dolomite). In contrast, this mode is virtually unchanged in vaterite, which has a canted arrangement of carbonate units. We correlate these trends with recent studies that identified the ?4 mode as most susceptible to changes related to crystallinity differences in calcite and amorphous calcium carbonate. Thus, our results suggest that studies of packing arrangements could provide a generalizable approach to identify the most diagnostic vibrational modes for tracking either temperature-dependent or crystallinity-related effects in IR-active solids. PMID:25027312

Xu, Ben; Poduska, Kristin M

2014-09-01

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COPRECIPITATION AND ADSORPTION FOR REMOVAL OF CADMIUM, LEAD, AND ZINC BY THE LIME - SODA ASH WATER SOFTENING PROCESS (CRYSTALLIZATION, HEAVY METAL, CALCIUM-CARBONATE)  

Microsoft Academic Search

The crystallization kinetics for the precipitation of calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide in the presence of cadmium, lead, and zinc were studied. The kinetics for the precipitation have been studied in a continuous reactor operated under MSMPR (mixed suspension mixed product removal) conditions. Reactor residence times, effluent alkalinity conditions, and initial heavy metal concentrations (acting as impurity) were varied to

TSUN-KUO CHANG

1985-01-01

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Calcium carbonate with magnesium overdose  

MedlinePLUS

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Development of artificial seed crystal for crystallization of calcium phosphate.  

PubMed

An artifical seed crystal material consisting of calcium silicate hydrate (5CaO x 6SiO2 x 5H2O : tobermorite crystals) applicable for phosphorus removal by crystallization was developed. Card-house shaped tobermorite crystals were developed on the seed material where orthophosphate crystallized as a calcium phosphate. The seed material can be manufactured by mixing siliceous and calcareous raw materials, pelletizing and subsequent autoclaving. Laboratory experiments were conducted to apply the new developed seed crystal material in the phosphorus recovery from sludge sidestreams of a wastewater treatment plant. In this crystallization process, the performance the carbon dioxide degassingprocess usually carried out when applying crystallization was not necessary, the hydroxyapatite was able to crystallize at a pH of 8.0 to 8.5 without precipitation of calcium carbonates. In the treatment of a sidestream with orthophosphate concentrations of 50 mgl(-1) and COD concentrations between 200 to 400 mgl(-1), phosphorus removal efficiencies ranging from 75 to 85% were observed. The seed crystal material was collected after the laboratory experiments and the chemical estimation and the germination test for agricultural reuse were performed. As a result, it was shown that the hydroxyapatite precipitated on the seed material had a 100% fusibility to soil and had characteristics to be a good nutrient source as a fertilizer for plants. PMID:11804345

Moriyama, K; Kojima, T; Minawa, Y; Matsumoto, S; Nakamachi, K

2001-11-01

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Crystal growth of calcium carbonate on the cellulose acetate/pyrrolidon blend films in the presence of L-aspartic acid  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The morphogenesis and growth process of calcium carbonate on the cellulose acetate/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (CA/PVP) blend films in the presence of L-aspartic acid was carefully investigated. The results showed that the concentration of L-aspartic acid, the initial pH value of reaction solution and temperature turned out to be important factors for the control of morphologies and polymorphs of calcium carbonate. Complex morphologies of CaCO3 particles, such as cubes, rose-like spheres, twinborn-spheres, cone-like, bouquet-like, etc. could be obtained under the different experimental conditions. The dynamic process of formation of rose-like sphere crystals was analyzed by monitoring the continuous morphological and structural evolution and components of crystals in different crystal stages. This research may provide a promising method to prepare other inorganic materials with complex morphologies.

Zhang, Xiuzhen; Xie, Anjian; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua

2014-03-01

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Soluble matrix of hen's eggshell extracts changes in vitro the rate of calcium carbonate precipitation and crystal morphology.  

PubMed

1. Extra and intramineral eggshell matrix proteins were solubilised before and after demineralisation by sequential extractions using guanidine hydrochloride and EDTA. 2. The intramineral electrophoretic profile of SDS-PAGE showed the presence of 80, 66, 43, 36 and 15 kDa bands with a predominance of a 17 kDa band. In the extramineral part, the major protein was the 15 kDa band. 3. The introduction of intramineral extract to a metastable solution of calcium carbonate delayed the rate of crystal growth. The delay in the rate of precipitation was elicited by a single fraction (MW 50-80 kDa), isolated by gel filtration chromatography, of eggshell extracts. Extramineral extracts had no effect. 4. Addition in vitro of intramineral eggshell extracts modified the morphology of calcite; the crystals aggregated and showed irregular surfaces. 5. These observations suggest that constituents of the eggshell matrix are involved in the control of calcite growth and crytallographic structure of the hen's eggshell. PMID:8894229

Gautron, J; Bain, M; Solomon, S; Nys, Y

1996-09-01

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Crystallization and aggregation behaviors of calcium carbonate in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) and sodium dodecyl sulfate.  

PubMed

An anionic surfactant interacts strongly with a polymer molecule to form a self-assembled structure, due to the attractive force of the hydrophobic association and electrostatic repulsion. In this crystallization medium, the surfactant-stabilized inorganic particles adsorbed on the polymer chains, as well as the bridging effect of polymer molecules, controlled the aggregation behavior of colloidal particles. In this presentation, the spontaneous precipitation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) was conducted from the aqueous systems containing a water-soluble polymer (poly(vinylpyrrolidone), PVP) and an anionic surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS). When the SDS concentrations were lower than the onset of interaction between PVP and SDS, the precipitated CaCO3 crystals were typically hexahedron-shaped calcite; the increasing SDS concentration caused the morphologies of CaCO3 aggregates to change from the flower-shaped calcite to hollow spherical calcite, then to solid spherical vaterite. These results indicate that the self-organized configurations of the polymer/surfactant supramolecules dominate the morphologies of CaCO3 aggregates, implying that this simple and versatile method expands the morphological investigation of the mineralization process. PMID:16853360

Shen, Qiang; Wei, Hao; Wang, Liancheng; Zhou, Yong; Zhao, Ying; Zhang, Zhiqing; Wang, Dujin; Xu, Guiying; Xu, Duanfu

2005-10-01

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Impregnating Coal With Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Relatively inexpensive process proposed for impregnating coal with calcium carbonate to increase rates of gasification and combustion of coal and to reduce emission of sulfur by trapping sulfur in calcium sulfide. Process involves aqueous-phase reactions between carbon dioxide (contained within pore network of coal) and calcium acetate. Coal impregnated with CO2 by exposing it to CO2 at high pressure.

Sharma, Pramod K.; Voecks, Gerald E.; Gavalas, George R.

1991-01-01

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ORIGINAL PAPER Calcium Carbonate Nucleation in an Alkaline Lake  

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ORIGINAL PAPER Calcium Carbonate Nucleation in an Alkaline Lake Surface Water, Pyramid Lake, Nevada online: 7 December 2011 Ã? U.S. Government 2011 Abstract Calcium concentration and calcite supersaturation (X) needed for calcium carbonate nucleation and crystal growth in Pyramid Lake (PL) surface water

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Calcium carbonate crystallizations on hypogean mural paintings: a pilot study of monitoring and diagnostics in Roman catacombs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the deterioration processes affecting mural paintings and rock surfaces within manmade hypogea consists in the formation of calcium carbonate crystallizations, which can create thick coverage and incrustations, even in some cases speleothems. These chemical reactions necessarily require the availability of calcium sources, which can be also of anthropogenic origin (e.g., lime-based mortars). Microclimate parameters also represent environmental forcing factors, on which the morphology and the degree of crystallinity of the precipitated carbonates depend. Understanding past/recent dynamics of carbonate precipitation implies a deep knowledge of the relationships between the exposed surfaces and the microclimate conditions, the impacts of external factors (e.g., groundwater infiltration and percolation from the overlying soil) and how they change over time. This is particularly fundamental for the preservation of hypogean sites which have not comparison with other typologies of environment due to their uniqueness, such as the ancient catacombs carved underneath the suburbs of Rome (Italy), since the 2nd century AD. In this paper we present the multidisciplinary methodological approach designed for the instrumental monitoring of the microphysical environment of the Catacombs of Saints Mark, Marcellian and Damasus, in the framework of the co-operation between the Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage and Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, Vatican, on the project HYPOGEA. Temperature inside the catacomb and on the surfaces, air relative humidity and CO2 concentration are the main of the parameters continuously measured by means of data loggers installed within the cubicles. Contemporarily, standardized methods of photographic documentation and digital micro-photogrammetry are used for change detection analysis of the painted surfaces and ancient plasters, as well as of the test areas purposely realized by applying fresh lime mortars simulating the former surfaces. Parallel laboratory investigations (e.g., diamond anvil cell FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thin section observations under polarized light microscope, conventional microbiological investigations) are complementarily employed to characterize the calcite crystallizations, in terms of compositional, textural and mineralogical properties. Hence, it is expected to find a correlation between the microclimate conditions and the degree of crystallinity and morphology of the incrustations developed on the surfaces of the fresh samples. A specific study of the stratigraphic sequence of the calcite crystallizations already formed on the ancient surfaces is also included, to perform a back-analysis of the microclimate variations inside the cubicles through centuries of use and abandonment. In this regard, the precise knowledge of the conservation history of the monitored cubicles is adopted as a temporal guide to hypothesize the time frames, to which the observed strata are presumably to be referred. The main outcome of this pilot study is the establishment of a methodological approach suitable for the monitoring of crystallization phenomena inside catacombs, to be potentially exported to similar contexts. The findings of the research will also constitute the scientific base for the design of the most appropriate measures of environmental conditioning, also in the perspective to open the catacombs to visitors.

Tapete, D.; Fratini, F.; Mazzei, B.; Camaiti, M.; Cantisani, E.; Riminesi, C.; Manganelli Del Fà, R.; Cuzman, O.; Tiano, P.

2012-04-01

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Production of Calcite (Calcium Carbonate) Crystals by Soil Bacteria is a General Phenomenon  

Microsoft Academic Search

CERTAIN bacteria form crystals from the solutes in their aqueous environment, and some authors have associated this activity with the extensive deposits of CaCO3 in such places as the Grand Bahama, in spite of the belief that physicochemical effects, such as rapid changes in pH, salinity and temperature, are responsible1-4. Drew5 isolated a denitrifying bacterium able to form CaCO3 crystals

E. Boquet; A. Boronat; A. Ramos-Cormenzana

1973-01-01

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Control of calcium carbonate crystallization by using anionic polymethylsiloxanes as templates  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Sulfonated (SO3H-PMS) and carboxylated (CO2H-PMS) polymethylsiloxanes were synthesized and their effects as anionic template modifier on the CaCO3 crystal morphologies were evaluated. In vitro crystallization assays of CaCO3 were performed at room temperature by using gas diffusion method at different concentration, pH and time. SEM images of CaCO3 showed well-defined short calcite piles (ca. 5 ?m) and elongated calcite (ca. 20 ?m) when SO3H-PMS was used. When CO2H-PMS was used, the morphology of CaCO3 crystals was single-truncated at pH 7-9 and aggregated-modified calcite at pH 10-11. However, at pH 12 the least stable donut-shaped vaterite crystals were formed. EDS and XRD confirmed the presence of Si from anionic PMS templates on the CaCO3 surfaces and its polymorphism, respectively. Results showed that the selective morphologies of CaCO3 reflect the electrostatic interaction of anionic groups of functionalized PMS with Ca2+ adsorbed on CaCO3 crystals. Rounded and truncated-modified fluorescent CaCO3 was also produced by the inclusion of functionalized PMS into the lattice of CaCO3 matrix. We demonstrated that the anionic PMS offer a good modifier for polymer-controlled crystallization and a convenient approach for understanding the biomineralization field.

Neira-Carrillo, Andrónico; Vásquez-Quitral, Patricio; Paz Díaz, María; Soledad Fernández, María; Luis Arias, José; Yazdani-Pedram, Mehrdad

2012-10-01

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Control of calcium carbonate crystallization by using anionic polymethylsiloxanes as templates  

SciTech Connect

Sulfonated (SO{sub 3}H-PMS) and carboxylated (CO{sub 2}H-PMS) polymethylsiloxanes were synthesized and their effects as anionic template modifier on the CaCO{sub 3} crystal morphologies were evaluated. In vitro crystallization assays of CaCO{sub 3} were performed at room temperature by using gas diffusion method at different concentration, pH and time. SEM images of CaCO{sub 3} showed well-defined short calcite piles (ca. 5 {mu}m) and elongated calcite (ca. 20 {mu}m) when SO{sub 3}H-PMS was used. When CO{sub 2}H-PMS was used, the morphology of CaCO{sub 3} crystals was single-truncated at pH 7-9 and aggregated-modified calcite at pH 10-11. However, at pH 12 the least stable donut-shaped vaterite crystals were formed. EDS and XRD confirmed the presence of Si from anionic PMS templates on the CaCO{sub 3} surfaces and its polymorphism, respectively. Results showed that the selective morphologies of CaCO{sub 3} reflect the electrostatic interaction of anionic groups of functionalized PMS with Ca{sup 2+} adsorbed on CaCO{sub 3} crystals. Rounded and truncated-modified fluorescent CaCO{sub 3} was also produced by the inclusion of functionalized PMS into the lattice of CaCO{sub 3} matrix. We demonstrated that the anionic PMS offer a good modifier for polymer-controlled crystallization and a convenient approach for understanding the biomineralization field. - Graphical abstract: Optical photographs of rounded and truncated-modified fluorescent CaCO{sub 3} produced by the inclusion of sulfonated (SO{sub 3}H-PMS) polymethylsiloxanes into the lattice of CaCO{sub 3} matrix. Insert represents the simulation of modified and fluorescent CaCO{sub 3} crystals using Software JCrystal, (2008). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared two anionic polymethylsiloxanes (PMS) as templates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Their modifier capacity on the CaCO{sub 3} crystal morphologies was demonstrated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At pH 12, the least stable donut-shaped vaterite, was formed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer EDS confirmed the presence of Si from anionic PMS templates on the CaCO{sub 3} surfaces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fluorescent CaCO{sub 3} was produced by the inclusion of PMS into the CaCO{sub 3} matrix.

Neira-Carrillo, Andronico, E-mail: aneira@uchile.cl [Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Chile, Santa Rosa 11735, PO Box 2-15, Santiago (Chile)] [Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Chile, Santa Rosa 11735, PO Box 2-15, Santiago (Chile); Vasquez-Quitral, Patricio; Paz Diaz, Maria; Soledad Fernandez, Maria; Luis Arias, Jose [Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Chile, Santa Rosa 11735, PO Box 2-15, Santiago (Chile)] [Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Chile, Santa Rosa 11735, PO Box 2-15, Santiago (Chile); Yazdani-Pedram, Mehrdad [Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, University of Chile, S. Livingstone 1007, PO Box 233, Santiago (Chile)] [Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, University of Chile, S. Livingstone 1007, PO Box 233, Santiago (Chile)

2012-10-15

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21 CFR 73.1070 - Calcium carbonate.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...1070 Calcium carbonate. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive calcium carbonate is a fine, white, synthetically prepared powder consisting essentially of precipitated calcium carbonate (CaCO3 ). (2) Color additive...

2010-04-01

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Phase transitions in biogenic amorphous calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geological calcium carbonate exists in both crystalline phases and amorphous phases. Compared with crystalline calcium carbonate, such as calcite, aragonite and vaterite, the amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is unstable. Unlike geological calcium carbonate crystals, crystalline sea urchin spicules (99.9 wt % calcium carbonate and 0.1 wt % proteins) do not present facets. To explain this property, crystal formation via amorphous precursors was proposed in theory. And previous research reported experimental evidence of ACC on the surface of forming sea urchin spicules. By using X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy and photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM), we studied cross-sections of fresh sea urchin spicules at different stages (36h, 48h and 72h after fertilization) and observed the transition sequence of three mineral phases: hydrated ACC ? dehydrated ACC ? biogenic calcite. In addition, we unexpectedly found hydrated ACC nanoparticles that are surrounded by biogenic calcite. This observation indicates the dehydration from hydrated ACC to dehydrated ACC is inhibited, resulting in stabilization of hydrated ACC nanoparticles. We thought that the dehydration was inhibited by protein matrix components occluded within the biomineral, and we designed an in vitro assay to test the hypothesis. By utilizing XANES-PEEM, we found that SM50, the most abundant occluded matrix protein in sea urchin spicules, has the function to stabilize hydrated ACC in vitro.

Gong, Yutao

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Calcium is incorporated into the calcium carbonate matrix of otoliths  

E-print Network

118 Calcium is incorporated into the calcium carbonate matrix of otoliths and into the calcium). In addition to calcium, trace elements, such as strontium, are also incorporated into the calcified components valence) allow strontium ions to act as replace- ments for calcium during the pro- cess of calcification

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Crystal structural controls on boron incorporation in Calcium Carbonate: Implications for the B-isotope paleo-pH proxy (Invited)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The boron isotope composition of marine carbonates has been shown to vary with pH of seawater, and thus offers a powerful tool for understanding past ocean chemistry and ocean-atmosphere interactions. As with any isotope proxy, the better we understand the system, the more confident we are in applying it. Details of the co-precipitation of the isotopes of interest with the host mineral can help in understanding the crystal-chemical processes involved, which allows a better understanding of mass-dependent, coordination-dependent, and kinetic fractionation. Unlike conventional stable isotopes such as oxygen and carbon, boron isotope fractionation between aqueous fluids and carbonate minerals is primarily dependent on the pH of the parent fluid. Although the systematic offset from fluid compositions provides convincing evidence that the tetrahedrally coordinated aqueous borate species is exclusively involved in boron uptake in carbonates, recently published estimates of the aqueous fractionation factor are greater than the empirical fractionation factor based on measured isotopic compositions of carbonates. Because of this and other factors, it is still not clear exactly how boron is incorporated, the coordination in the minerals, and the crystallographic site in which it resides. NMR studies can shed light on this question, but to date results have not been definitive. There are several observations that help to constrain the uptake mechanism: 1) the boron isotope composition of carbonates is offset from its fluid host by ca. 17 -20 per mil at pH of 8, and the isotope composition increases with increasing pH; 2) the boron concentration influences the crystal morphology of calcite, with increasing concentrations causing distortions of the crystal surface, requiring that boron resides in a crystallographic site, and not just in inclusions or vacancies; 3) the large concentration difference between vicinal faces of a single calcite crystal growth hillock also requires that boron reside in the crystal structure, and clearly shows that aspects of the crystal geometry affect boron uptake (although the effect on the isotope composition is not known at this time, it is unlikely to be large, as calcite, high-Mg calcite, and aragonite grown in a common fluid all have indistinguishable isotopic compositions); 4) although not conclusive, NMR studies have shown a combination of tetrahedral and trigonal coordination of boron. Future work to better refine the location and coordination of boron in the calcium carbonate lattice should lead to greater understanding of the incorporation mechanisms, and thus add to our understanding of the boron paleo-pH proxy.

Hemming, N.

2010-12-01

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Clonorcis sinensis eggs are associated with calcium carbonate gallbladder stones.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate gallbladder stones were easily neglected because they were previously reported as a rare stone type in adults. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between calcium carbonate stones and Clonorchis sinensis infection. A total of 598 gallbladder stones were studied. The stone types were identified by FTIR spectroscopy. The C. sinensis eggs and DNA were detected by microscopic examination and real-time fluorescent PCR respectively. And then, some egg-positive stones were randomly selected for further SEM examination. Corresponding clinical characteristics of patients with different types of stones were also statistically analyzed. The detection rate of C. sinensis eggs in calcium carbonate stone, pigment stone, mixed stone and cholesterol stone types, as well as other stone types was 60%, 44%, 36%, 6% and 30%, respectively, which was highest in calcium carbonate stone yet lowest in cholesterol stone. A total of 182 stones were egg-positive, 67 (37%) of which were calcium carbonate stones. The C. sinensis eggs were found adherent to calcium carbonate crystals by both light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Patients with calcium carbonate stones were mainly male between the ages of 30 and 60, the CO2 combining power of patients with calcium carbonate stones were higher than those with cholesterol stones. Calcium carbonate gallbladder stones are not rare, the formation of which may be associated with C. sinensis infection. PMID:24945791

Qiao, Tie; Ma, Rui-hong; Luo, Zhen-liang; Yang, Liu-qing; Luo, Xiao-bing; Zheng, Pei-ming

2014-10-01

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Polymorphs calcium carbonate on temperature reaction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) has three different crystal polymorphs, which are calcite, aragonite and vaterite. In this study, effect of reaction temperature on polymorphs and crystallite structure of CaCO3 was investigated. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and variable pressure scanning electron microscope (VPSEM) were used to characterize the obtained CaCO3 particles. The obtained results showed that CaCO3 with different crystal and particle structures can be formed by controlling the temperature during the synthesis process.

Chong, Kai-Yin; Chia, Chin-Hua; Zakaria, Sarani

2014-09-01

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Calcium Oxalate Crystals in Eucalypt Ectomycorrhizae: Morphochemical Characterization  

PubMed Central

Ectomycorrhizal fungi are ubiquitous in forest ecosystems, benefitting plants principally by increasing the uptake of water and nutrients such as calcium from the soil. Previous work has demonstrated accumulation of crystallites in eucalypt ectomycorrhizas, but detailed morphological and chemical characterization of these crystals has not been performed. In this work, cross sections of acetic acid-treated and cleared ectomycorrhizal fragments were visualized by polarized light microscopy to evaluate the location of crystals within cortical root cells. Ectomycorrhizal sections were also observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive x-ray (EDS) microprobe analysis. The predominant forms of crystals were crystal sand (granules) and concretions. Calcium, carbon and oxygen were detected by EDS as constituent elements and similar elemental profiles were observed between both crystal morphologies. All analyzed crystalline structures were characterized as calcium oxalate crystals. This is the first report of the stoichiometry and morphology of crystals occurring in eucalypt ectomycorrhizas in tropical soils. The data corroborates the role of ectomycorrhizae in the uptake and accumulation of calcium in the form of calcium oxalate crystals in hybrid eucalypt plants. PMID:23844062

Pylro, Victor Satler; de Freitas, André Luiz Moreira; Otoni, Wagner Campos; da Silva, Ivo Ribeiro; Borges, Arnaldo Chaer; Costa, Maurício Dutra

2013-01-01

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Phosphate-Water Interplay Tunes Amorphous Calcium Carbonate Metastability: Spontaneous Phase Separation and Crystallization vs Stabilization Viewed by Solid State NMR.  

PubMed

Organisms tune the metastability of amorphous calcium carbonates (ACC), often by incorporation of additives such as phosphate ions and water molecules, to serve diverse functions, such as modulating the availability of calcium reserves or constructing complex skeletal scaffolds. Although the effect of additive distribution on ACC was noted for several biogenic and synthetic systems, the molecular mechanisms by which additives govern ACC stability are not well understood. By precipitating ACC in the presence of different PO4(3-) concentrations and regulating the initial water content, we identify conditions yielding either kinetically locked or spontaneously transforming coprecipitates. Solid state NMR, supported by FTIR, XRD, and electron microscopy, define the interactions of phosphate and water within the initial amorphous matrix, showing that initially the coprecipitates are homogeneous molecular dispersions of structural water and phosphate in ACC, and a small fraction of P-rich phases. Monitoring the transformations of the homogeneous phase shows that PO4(3-) and waters are extracted first, and they phase separate, leading to solid-solid transformation of ACC to calcite; small part of ACC forms vaterite that subsequently converts to calcite. The simultaneous water-PO4(3-) extraction is the key for the subsequent water-mediated accumulation and crystallization of hydroxyapatite (HAp) and carbonated hydroxyapatite. The thermodynamic driving force for the transformations is calcite crystallization, yet it is gated by specific combinations of water-phosphate levels in the initial amorphous coprecipitates. The molecular details of the spontaneously transforming ACC and of the stabilized ACC modulated by phosphate and water at ambient conditions, provide insight into biogenic and biomimetic pathways. PMID:25523637

Kababya, Shifi; Gal, Assaf; Kahil, Keren; Weiner, Steve; Addadi, Lia; Schmidt, Asher

2015-01-21

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Calcium phosphate scaffold from biogenic calcium carbonate by fast ambient condition reactions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calcium phosphate biogenic materials are biocompatible and promote bioactivity and osteoconductivity, which implies their natural affinity and tendency to bond directly to bones subsequently replacing the host bone after implantation owing to its biodegradability. Calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, CaHPO 4·2H 2O, is known to be a nucleation precursor, in aqueous solutions, for apatitic calcium phosphates and, hence, a potential starting material for bone substitutes. Numerous approaches, via hydrothermal and ambient synthetic routes, have been used to produce calcium phosphate from biogenic calcium carbonate, taking advantage of the peculiar architecture and composition of the latter. In this article, the lamellar region of the cuttlefish bone ( Sepia officinalis) was used as a framework for the organized deposition of calcium phosphate crystals, at ambient conditions via a fast procedure involving an amorphous calcium carbonate intermediate, and ending with a conversion to calcium phosphate and a fixation procedure, thereby resulting in direct conversion of biogenic calcium carbonate into calcium phosphates at ambient conditions from the scale of months to hours.

Dutta, Abhishek; Fermani, Simona; Arjun Tekalur, Srinivasan; Vanderberg, Abigail; Falini, Giuseppe

2011-12-01

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Ultrasound influence upon calcium carbonate precipitation on bacterial cellulose membranes.  

PubMed

The effect of ultrasonic irradiation (40 kHz) on the calcium carbonate deposition on bacterial cellulose membranes was investigated using calcium chloride (CaCl(2)) and sodium carbonate (Na(2)CO(3)) as starting reactants. The composite materials containing bacterial cellulose-calcium carbonate were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and color measurements. The polymorphs of calcium carbonate that were deposited on bacterial cellulose membranes in the presence or in the absence of ultrasonic irradiation were calcite and vaterite. The morphology of the obtained crystals was influenced by the concentration of starting solutions and by the presence of ultrasonic irradiation. In the presence of ultrasonic irradiation the obtained crystals were bigger and in a larger variety of shapes than in the absence of ultrasounds: from cubes of calcite to spherical and flower-like vaterite particles. Bacterial cellulose could be a good matrix for obtaining different types of calcium carbonate crystals. PMID:22227555

Stoica-Guzun, Anicuta; Stroescu, Marta; Jinga, Sorin; Jipa, Iuliana; Dobre, Tanase; Dobre, Loredana

2012-07-01

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Structural Characteristics of Synthetic Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  

SciTech Connect

Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is an important phase involved in calcification by a wide variety of invertebrate organisms and is of technological interest in the development of functional materials. Despite widespread scientific interest in this phase a full characterization of structure is lacking. This is mainly due to its metastability and difficulties in evaluating structure using conventional structure determination methods. Here we present new findings from the application of two techniques, pair distribution function analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which provide new insight to structural aspects of synthetic ACC. Several important results have emerged from this study of ACC formed in vitro using two common preparation methods: (1) ACC exhibits no structural coherence over distances > 15 {angstrom} and is truly amorphous; (2) most of the hydrogen in ACC is present as structural H{sub 2}O, about half of which undergoes restricted motion on the millisecond time scale near room temperature; (3) the short- and intermediate-range structure of ACC shows no distinct match to any known structure in the calcium carbonate system; and (4) most of the carbonate in ACC is monodentate making it distinctly different from monohydrocalcite. Although the structure of synthetic ACC is still not fully understood, the results presented provide an important baseline for future experiments evaluating biogenic ACC and samples containing certain additives that may play a role in stabilization of ACC, crystallization kinetics, and final polymorph selection.

Michel, F. Marc; MacDonald, Jason; Feng, Jian; Phillips, Brian L.; Ehm, Lars; Tarabrella, Cathy; Parise, John B.; Reeder, Richard J. (SBU)

2008-08-06

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INTRODUCTION Pedogenic (secondary) calcium carbonate is,  

E-print Network

INTRODUCTION Pedogenic (secondary) calcium carbonate is, by definition, a product of soil processes to quantify this relationship, used mean annual precipitation (P) and depth to the top of the carbonate

Ahmad, Sajjad

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Absence of rebound effect with calcium carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary  This was an open, randomised, balance cross-over study in 12 healthy male volunteers. The antacid activity of calcium carbonate\\u000a plus magnesium carbonate (Rennie®) and hydrotalcite (Talcid®), given in the recommended dose of 2 tablets 4 times daily, were\\u000a compared using 24 h intragastric measurement of pH. The volunteers received 2 tablets of calcium carbonate plus magnesium\\u000a carbonate or hydrotalcite according

G. Simoneau

1996-01-01

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Calcium carbonate polymorph control using droplet-based microfluidics.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate (CaCO(3)) is one of the most abundant minerals and of high importance in many areas of science including global CO(2) exchange, industrial water treatment energy storage, and the formation of shells and skeletons. Industrially, calcium carbonate is also used in the production of cement, glasses, paints, plastics, rubbers, ceramics, and steel, as well as being a key material in oil refining and iron ore purification. CaCO(3) displays a complex polymorphic behaviour which, despite numerous experiments, remains poorly characterised. In this paper, we report the use of a segmented-flow microfluidic reactor for the controlled precipitation of calcium carbonate and compare the resulting crystal properties with those obtained using both continuous flow microfluidic reactors and conventional bulk methods. Through combination of equal volumes of equimolar aqueous solutions of calcium chloride and sodium carbonate on the picoliter scale, it was possible to achieve excellent definition of both crystal size and size distribution. Furthermore, highly reproducible control over crystal polymorph could be realised, such that pure calcite, pure vaterite, or a mixture of calcite and vaterite could be precipitated depending on the reaction conditions and droplet-volumes employed. In contrast, the crystals precipitated in the continuous flow and bulk systems comprised of a mixture of calcite and vaterite and exhibited a broad distribution of sizes for all reaction conditions investigated. PMID:22655005

Yashina, Alexandra; Meldrum, Fiona; Demello, Andrew

2012-06-01

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Calcium carbonate polymorph control using droplet-based microfluidics  

PubMed Central

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) is one of the most abundant minerals and of high importance in many areas of science including global CO2 exchange, industrial water treatment energy storage, and the formation of shells and skeletons. Industrially, calcium carbonate is also used in the production of cement, glasses, paints, plastics, rubbers, ceramics, and steel, as well as being a key material in oil refining and iron ore purification. CaCO3 displays a complex polymorphic behaviour which, despite numerous experiments, remains poorly characterised. In this paper, we report the use of a segmented-flow microfluidic reactor for the controlled precipitation of calcium carbonate and compare the resulting crystal properties with those obtained using both continuous flow microfluidic reactors and conventional bulk methods. Through combination of equal volumes of equimolar aqueous solutions of calcium chloride and sodium carbonate on the picoliter scale, it was possible to achieve excellent definition of both crystal size and size distribution. Furthermore, highly reproducible control over crystal polymorph could be realised, such that pure calcite, pure vaterite, or a mixture of calcite and vaterite could be precipitated depending on the reaction conditions and droplet-volumes employed. In contrast, the crystals precipitated in the continuous flow and bulk systems comprised of a mixture of calcite and vaterite and exhibited a broad distribution of sizes for all reaction conditions investigated. PMID:22655005

Yashina, Alexandra; Meldrum, Fiona; deMello, Andrew

2012-01-01

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Calcium  

MedlinePLUS

... of calcium dietary supplements are carbonate and citrate. Calcium carbonate is inexpensive, but is absorbed best when taken ... antacid products, such as Tums® and Rolaids®, contain calcium carbonate. Each pill or chew provides 200–400 mg ...

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The precipitation of calcium carbonate in artificial seawater at sustained supersaturation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Precipitation and dissolution mechanisms of calcium carbonate are important processes for the regulation of pH in natural waters and for the transport of pollutants to and from the sediments. In the present work the precipitation of calcium carbonate in supersaturated solutions made from synthetic seawater was investigated by the introduction of calcite seed crystals at conditions of sustained solution supersaturations.

Theophylaktos Sabbides; Efthimios Giannimaras; Petros G. Koutsoukos

1992-01-01

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Molecular mechanisms of crystallization impacting calcium phosphate cements  

PubMed Central

The biomineral calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate (CaHPO4·2H2O), known as brushite, is a malleable material that both grows and dissolves faster than most other calcium minerals, including other calcium phosphate phases, calcium carbonates and calcium oxalates. Within the body, this ready formation and dissolution can play a role in certain diseases, such as kidney stone and plaque formation. However, these same properties, along with brushite’s excellent biocompatibility, can be used to great benefit in making resorbable biomedical cements. To optimize cements, additives are commonly used to control crystallization kinetics and phase transformation. This paper describes the use of in situ scanning probe microscopy to investigate the role of several solution parameters and additives in brushite atomic step motion. Surprisingly, this work demonstrates that the activation barrier for phosphate (rather than calcium) incorporation limits growth kinetics and that additives such as magnesium, citrate and bisphosphonates each influence step motion in distinctly different ways. Our findings provide details of how, and where, molecules inhibit or accelerate kinetics. These insights have the potential to aid in designing molecules to target specific steps and to guide synergistic combinations of additives. PMID:20308110

Giocondi, Jennifer L.; El-Dasher, Bassem S.; Nancollas, George H.; Orme, Christine A.

2010-01-01

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CALCIUM CARBONATE DEPOSITION IN GEOTHERMAL WELLBORES  

E-print Network

geothermal energy exploration and development are most important. Geothermal resources in Costa Rica have of energy development in Costa Rica. The Miravalles geothermCALCIUM CARBONATE DEPOSITION IN GEOTHERMAL WELLBORES MIRAVALLES GEOTHERMAL FIELD COSTA RICA

Stanford University

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Calcium Carbonate Nucleation in an Alkaline Lake Surface Water, Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Calcium concentration and calcite supersaturation (??) needed for calcium carbonate nucleation and crystal growth in Pyramid Lake (PL) surface water were determined during August of 1997, 2000, and 2001. PL surface water has ?? values of 10-16. Notwithstanding high ??, calcium carbonate growth did not occur on aragonite single crystals suspended PL surface water for several months. However, calcium solution addition to PL surface-water samples caused reproducible calcium carbonate mineral nucleation and crystal growth. Mean PL surface-water calcium concentration at nucleation was 2.33 mM (n = 10), a value about nine times higher than the ambient PL surface-water calcium concentration (0.26 mM); mean ?? at nucleation (109 with a standard deviation of 8) is about eight times the PL surface-water ??. Calcium concentration and ?? regulated the calcium carbonate formation in PL nucleation experiments and surface water. Unfiltered samples nucleated at lower ?? than filtered samples. Calcium concentration and ?? at nucleation for experiments in the presence of added particles were within one standard deviation of the mean for all samples. Calcium carbonate formation rates followed a simple rate expression of the form, rate (mM/min) = A (??) + B. The best fit rate equation "Rate (?? mM/?? min) = -0.0026 ?? + 0.0175 (r = 0.904, n = 10)" was statistically significant at greater than the 0.01 confidence level and gives, after rearrangement, ?? at zero rate of 6.7. Nucleation in PL surface water and morphology of calcium carbonate particles formed in PL nucleation experiments and in PL surface-water samples suggest crystal growth inhibition by multiple substances present in PL surface water mediates PL calcium carbonate formation, but there is insufficient information to determine the chemical nature of all inhibitors. ?? 2011 U.S. Government.

Reddy, M.M.; Hoch, A.

2012-01-01

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Calcium carbonate nucleation in an alkaline lake surface water, Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Calcium concentration and calcite supersaturation (?) needed for calcium carbonate nucleation and crystal growth in Pyramid Lake (PL) surface water were determined during August of 1997, 2000, and 2001. PL surface water has ? values of 10-16. Notwithstanding high ?, calcium carbonate growth did not occur on aragonite single crystals suspended PL surface water for several months. However, calcium solution addition to PL surface-water samples caused reproducible calcium carbonate mineral nucleation and crystal growth. Mean PL surface-water calcium concentration at nucleation was 2.33 mM (n = 10), a value about nine times higher than the ambient PL surface-water calcium concentration (0.26 mM); mean ? at nucleation (109 with a standard deviation of 8) is about eight times the PL surface-water ?. Calcium concentration and ? regulated the calcium carbonate formation in PL nucleation experiments and surface water. Unfiltered samples nucleated at lower ? than filtered samples. Calcium concentration and ? at nucleation for experiments in the presence of added particles were within one standard deviation of the mean for all samples. Calcium carbonate formation rates followed a simple rate expression of the form, rate (mM/min) = A (?) + B. The best fit rate equation "Rate (? mM/? min) = -0.0026 ? + 0.0175 (r = 0.904, n = 10)" was statistically significant at greater than the 0.01 confidence level and gives, after rearrangement, ? at zero rate of 6.7. Nucleation in PL surface water and morphology of calcium carbonate particles formed in PL nucleation experiments and in PL surface-water samples suggest crystal growth inhibition by multiple substances present in PL surface water mediates PL calcium carbonate formation, but there is insufficient information to determine the chemical nature of all inhibitors.

Reddy, Michael M.; Hoch, Anthony

2012-01-01

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Nucleation and growth of calcium carbonate by an electrochemical scaling process  

Microsoft Academic Search

Calcium carbonate scale was electrochemically deposited from carbonically pure hard waters on gold electrodes of an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance. Various data concerning the rate of the scaling process were deduced from the chronoelectrogravimetric responses. The nucleation rate of CaCO3 crystals and the surface coverage were evaluated from SEM image analysis. The effects of a surface pretreatment, the oxygen concentration

C. Gabrielli; G. Maurin; G. Poindessous; R. Rosset

1999-01-01

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Models for Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many species e.g. sea urchin form amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) precursor phases that subsequently transform into crystalline CaCO3. It is certainly possible that the biogenic ACC might have more than 10 wt% Mg and ˜3 wt% of water. The structure of ACC and the mechanisms by which it transforms to crystalline phase are still poorly understood. In this dissertation our goal is to determine an atomic structure model that is consistent with diffraction and IR measurements of ACC. For this purpose a calcite supercell with 24 formula units, containing 120 atoms, was constructed. Various configurations with substitution of Ca by 6 Mg ions (6 wt.%) and insertion of 3-5 H 2O molecules (2.25-3.75 wt.%) in the interstitial positions of the supercell, were relaxed using a robust density function code VASP. The most noticeable effects were the tilts of CO3 groups and the distortion of Ca sub-lattice, especially in the hydrated case. The distributions of Ca-Ca nearest neighbor distance and CO3 tilts were extracted from various configurations. The same methods were also applied to aragonite. Sampling from the calculated distortion distributions, we built models for amorphous calcite/aragonite of size ˜ 1700 nm3 based on a multi-scale modeling scheme. We used these models to generate diffraction patterns and profiles with our diffraction code. We found that the induced distortions were not enough to generate a diffraction profile typical of an amorphous material. We then studied the diffraction profiles from several nano-crystallites as recent studies suggest that ACC might be a random array of nano-cryatallites. It was found that the generated diffraction profile from a nano-crystallite of size ˜ 2 nm3 is similar to that from the ACC.

Sinha, Sourabh

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Modeling of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many species (e.g. sea urchin) form amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) precursor phases that subsequently transform into crystalline CaCO3. It is certainly possible that ACC might have up to 10 wt% Mg and ˜3 wt% of water. The structure of ACC and mechanisms by which it transforms to crystalline phase are still unknown. Our goal here is to determine an atomic structure model that is consistent with diffraction and IR measurements of ACC. For this purpose a calcite supercell with 24 formula units (120 atoms) was constructed. Various configurations with 6 Mg atoms substituting for Ca (6 wt%) and 3-5 H2O molecules (2.25- 3.75 wt%) inserted in the spaces between Ca atoms, were relaxed using VASP. Most noticeable effects were the tilts of CO3 groups and distortion of Ca sub-lattice, especially in the case of water. The distributions of nearest Ca-Ca distance and CO3 tilts were extracted from those configurations. We also performed the same analysis starting with aragonite. Sampling from above distributions we built models for amorphous calcite/aragonite of size ˜1700 nm^3. We found that the induced distortions were not enough to generate a diffraction pattern typical of an amorphous material. Next we studied diffraction pattern of several nano-crystallites as recent studies suggest that amorphous calcite might be composed of nano- crystallites. We could then generate a diffraction pattern that appeared similar to that from ACC, for a nano-crystallite of size ˜2 nm^3.

Sinha, Sourabh; Rez, Peter

2011-10-01

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Precipitation of calcium carbonate from a calcium acetate and ammonium carbamate batch system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, we report a novel approach for preparing precipitated calcium carbonate using solutions of ammonium carbamate and calcium acetate as the sources of calcium and carbon dioxide, respectively. Two different concentrations of the starting solutions at three different temperatures (15, 25 and 50 °C) were used for the reaction. The influence of temperature and concentration on the polymorphism and the resulting morphology of calcium carbonate are discussed. The most important parameter for controlling a particular crystal structure and precipitate morphology were the concentrations of the initial solutions. When initial solutions with lower concentrations were used, the crystal form of the precipitate changed with time. Regardless the different polymorphism at different temperatures, after one day only the calcite form was detected in all samples, regardless of at which temperature the samples were prepared. At higher concentrations, pure vaterite or a mixture of vaterite and calcite were present at the beginning of the experiment. After one day, pure vaterite was found in the samples that were prepared at 15 and 25 °C. If calcium carbonate precipitated at 50 °C, the XRD results showed a mixture of calcite and vaterite regardless of the time at which the sample was taken. The morphology of calcium carbonate particles prepared at various conditions changed from calcite cubes to spherical particles of vaterite and aragonite needles. When a low starting concentration was used, the morphology at the initial stage was strongly affected by the temperature at which the experiments were conducted. However, after one day only, cubes were present in all cases at low initial concentrations. In contrast, at high concentrations spherical particles precipitated at all three temperatures at the beginning of the reaction. Spherical particles were made up from smaller particles. Over time, the size of the particles was diminishing due to their disintegration into primary particles; after one day, particles of 30-50 nm were obtained. The lower the temperature was during the experiment, the faster the larger particles fell apart. To our knowledge, this behavior has thus far not yet been reported. Moreover, for the first time ammonium carbamate and calcium acetate are used together to prepare calcium carbonate.

Prah, J.; Ma?ek, J.; Draži?, G.

2011-06-01

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Calcium stimulation of gastrin and gastric acid secretion: effect of small doses of calcium carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

Oral calcium carbonate (0-5 g, pH 9-4) increased serum gastrin and gastric acid output with slight but insignificant change in serum calcium. A similar rise in serum calcium during an intravenous infusion of calcium gluconate failed to increase serum gastrin and gastric acid output. Both intragastric calcium actions were abolished by acidification of the calcium carbonate solution (pH 1-0). The

J Behar; M Hitchings; R D Smyth

1977-01-01

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Calcination of calcium carbonate and blend therefor  

DOEpatents

A method for calcination of a calcium carbonate material comprising heating the calcium carbonate material to a temperature and for a time sufficient to calcine the material to the degree desired while in the presence of a catalyst; said catalyst comprising at least one fused salt having the formula MCO.sub.3.CaCO.sub.3.CaO.H.sub.2 O.sub.x, wherein M is an alkali metal and x is 0 to 1 and formed by fusing MCO.sub.3 and CaCO.sub.3 in a molar ratio of about 1:2 to 2:1, and a blend adapted to be heated to CaO comprising a calcium carbonate material and at least one such fused salt.

Mallow, William A. (Helotes, TX); Dziuk, Jr., Jerome J. (San Antonio, TX)

1989-01-01

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Natural promoters of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization.  

PubMed

Crystallization is often facilitated by modifiers that interact with specific crystal surfaces and mediate the anisotropic rate of growth. Natural and synthetic modifiers tend to function as growth inhibitors that hinder solute attachment and impede the advancement of layers on crystal surfaces. There are fewer examples of modifiers that operate as growth promoters, whereby modifier-crystal interactions accelerate the kinetic rate of crystallization. Here, we examine two proteins, lysozyme and lactoferrin, which are observed in the organic matrix of three types of pathological stones: renal, prostatic, and pancreatic stones. This work focuses on the role of these proteins in the crystallization of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM), the most prominent constituent of human kidney stones. Using a combination of experimental techniques, we show that these proteins, which are rich in l-arginine and l-lysine amino acids, promote COM growth. The synthesis and testing of peptides derived from contiguous segments of lysozyme's primary amino acid sequence revealed subdomains within the protein that operate either as an inhibitor or promoter of COM growth, with the latter exhibiting efficacies that nearly match that of the protein. We observed that cationic proteins promote COM growth over a wide range of modifier concentration, which differs from calcification promoters in the literature that exhibit dual roles as promoters and inhibitors at low and high concentration, respectively. This seems to suggest a unique mechanism of action for lysozyme and lactoferrin. Possible explanations for their effects on COM growth and crystal habit are proposed on the basis of classical colloidal theories and the physicochemical properties of peptide subdomains, including the number and spatial location of charged or hydrogen-bonding moieties. PMID:25119124

Farmanesh, Sahar; Chung, Jihae; Sosa, Ricardo D; Kwak, Jun Ha; Karande, Pankaj; Rimer, Jeffrey D

2014-09-10

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CALCIUM CARBONATE BUDGET OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTINENTAL BORDERLAND  

E-print Network

CALCIUM CARBONATE BUDGET OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTINENTAL BORDERLAND A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED. I. Murphy K. J. Roy E.· D..·· Stroup A. H. Woodcock #12;iv ABSTRACT Calcium carbonate sedimentation is the change in amount of calcium carbonate in the Borderland with time. Transfer can be divided

Luther, Douglas S.

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Calcium carbonate in termite galleries – biomineralization or upward transport?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Termites and soil calcium carbonate are major factors in the global carbon cycle: termites by their role in decomposition\\u000a of organic matter and methane production, and soil calcium carbonate by its storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide. In arid\\u000a and semiarid soils, these two factors potentially come together by means of biomineralization of calcium carbonate by termites.\\u000a In this study, we

X. Liu; H. C. Monger; W. G. Whitford

2007-01-01

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Relative bioavailability of calcium from calcium formate, calcium citrate, and calcium carbonate  

E-print Network

Published Abstract: Calcium is an essential nutrient required in substantial amounts, but many diets are deficient in calcium making supplementation necessary or desirable. The objective of this study was to compare the oral bioavailability...

Hanzlik, Robert P.; Fowler, S. C.; Fisher, D. H.

2005-06-01

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Br J Nutr . Author manuscript Calcium carbonate suppresses haem toxicity markers without calcium  

E-print Network

Br J Nutr . Author manuscript Page /1 9 Calcium carbonate suppresses haem toxicity markers without calcium phosphate side effects on colon carcinogenesis Ossama Allam , Diane Bahuaud , Sylviane Taché-induced preneoplastic lesions, aberrant crypt foci, in the colon of rats. We have also shown that dietary calcium

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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The Role of Osteopontin on Calcium Oxalate Crystal Formation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: We evaluated whether osteopontin (OPN) and other proteins with the RGD sequence as in OPN (RGD family proteins) that are present in renal tubular cells (fibronectin [FN], Tamm–Horsfall glycoprotein [THP], vitronectin [VN], and laminin [LN]) inhibit the aggregation and growth of calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystals by a novel seed crystal method using collagen granules (CG) with and without OPN

Eiji Konya; Tohru Umekawa; Masanori Iguchi; Takashi Kurita

2003-01-01

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Pyroelectric and dielectric properties of calcium barium niobate single crystals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The effect of the calcium concentration on the pyroelectric and dielectric properties of Ca x Ba1 - x Nb2O6 (CBN) crystals has been studied over a wide temperature range. It has been shown that the calcium concentration only influences the Curie point of crystals of this class. It insignificantly changes the absolute values of the permittivity, the coercive field, and the remanent polarization and does not influence their temperature dependences and the shape of the dielectric hysteresis loop. The possibility of the existence of relaxor properties in CBN crystals has been discussed.

Malyshkina, O. V.; Lisitsin, V. S.; Dec, J.; ?ukasiewicz, T.

2014-09-01

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The Skeletal Organic Matrix from Mediterranean Coral Balanophyllia europaea Influences Calcium Carbonate Precipitation  

PubMed Central

Scleractinian coral skeletons are made mainly of calcium carbonate in the form of aragonite. The mineral deposition occurs in a biological confined environment, but it is still a theme of discussion to what extent the calcification occurs under biological or environmental control. Hence, the shape, size and organization of skeletal crystals from the cellular level through the colony architecture, were attributed to factors as diverse as mineral supersaturation levels and organic mediation of crystal growth. The skeleton contains an intra-skeletal organic matrix (OM) of which only the water soluble component was chemically and physically characterized. In this work that OM from the skeleton of the Balanophyllia europaea, a solitary scleractinian coral endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, is studied in vitro with the aim of understanding its role in the mineralization of calcium carbonate. Mineralization of calcium carbonate was conducted by overgrowth experiments on coral skeleton and in calcium chloride solutions containing different ratios of water soluble and/or insoluble OM and of magnesium ions. The precipitates were characterized by diffractometric, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The results showed that both soluble and insoluble OM components influence calcium carbonate precipitation and that the effect is enhanced by their co-presence. The role of magnesium ions is also affected by the presence of the OM components. Thus, in vitro, OM influences calcium carbonate crystal morphology, aggregation and polymorphism as a function of its composition and of the content of magnesium ions in the precipitation media. This research, although does not resolve the controversy between environmental or biological control on the deposition of calcium carbonate in corals, sheds a light on the role of OM, which appears mediated by the presence of magnesium ions. PMID:21799830

Goffredo, Stefano; Vergni, Patrizia; Reggi, Michela; Caroselli, Erik; Sparla, Francesca; Levy, Oren; Dubinsky, Zvy; Falini, Giuseppe

2011-01-01

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40 CFR 415.300 - Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...true Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory. 415...CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Calcium Carbonate Production Subcategory § 415.300 Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory....

2010-07-01

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40 CFR 415.300 - Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...true Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory. 415...CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Calcium Carbonate Production Subcategory § 415.300 Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory....

2011-07-01

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40 CFR 415.300 - Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

...false Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory. 415...CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Calcium Carbonate Production Subcategory § 415.300 Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory....

2012-07-01

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40 CFR 415.300 - Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory.  

...true Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory. 415...CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Calcium Carbonate Production Subcategory § 415.300 Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory....

2014-07-01

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40 CFR 415.300 - Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

...true Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory. 415...CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Calcium Carbonate Production Subcategory § 415.300 Applicability; description of the calcium carbonate production subcategory....

2013-07-01

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[Formulation of calcium carbonate tablets with various binding substances].  

PubMed

The test results of calcium carbonate tablets, made of different binding substances (microcrystal cellulose, gelatin, 7pp sodium carboxymethylcellulose and starch) were presented. The content of calcium-carbonate in tablets as well as varying, solidity, prodigality and aptness to decay was determined. The best properties were observed in tablets made with starch. PMID:9214090

Gazikalovi?, E; Obrenovi?, D; Nidzovi?, Z; Toski?-Radojici?, M

1996-01-01

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Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of calcium carbonate on calcite and quartz  

Microsoft Academic Search

The precipitation of calcium carbonate as a binding salt for the consolidation of loose sand formations is a promising approach. The heterogeneous nucleation and growth of calcite were investigated in supersaturated solutions. The ionic activities in the solutions tested were selected so that they included both supersaturations in which crystal growth took place only following the introduction of seed particles

Maria G. Lioliou; Christakis A. Paraskeva; Petros G. Koutsoukos; Alkiviades C. Payatakes

2007-01-01

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Amorphous Calcium Carbonate Transforms into Calcite during Sea Urchin Larval Spicule Growth  

Microsoft Academic Search

Sea urchin larvae form an endoskeleton composed of a pair of spicules. For more than a century it has been stated that each spicule comprises a single crystal of the CaCO3 mineral, calcite. We show that an additional mineral phase, amorphous calcium carbonate, is present in the sea urchin larval spicule, and that this inherently unstable mineral transforms into calcite

Elia Beniash; Joanna Aizenberg; Lia Addadi; Stephen Weiner

1997-01-01

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Are environmental conditions recorded by the organic matrices associated with precipitated calcium carbonate in cyanobacterial microbialites?  

E-print Network

amino acid composition of the associated organic matrices that are typically rich in cysteine, leucine that characterize the two reef settings. The high cysteine content suggests an origin from metallothioneins produced constitute an attractive model to study biogenic calcium carbonate crystallization patterns (Sprachta et al

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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In vitro synthesis and stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles within liposomes  

SciTech Connect

We show that amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) can be synthesized in phospholipid bilayer vesicles (liposomes). Liposome-encapsulated ACC nanoparticles are stable against aggregation, do not crystallize for at least 20 h, and are ideally suited to investigate the influence of lipid chemistry, particle size, and soluble additives on ACC in situ.

Tester, Chantel C.; Brock, Ryan E.; Wu, Ching-Hsuan; Krejci, Minna R.; Weigand, Steven; Joester, Derk (NWU)

2012-02-07

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Ubiquitylation Functions in the Calcium Carbonate Biomineralization in the Extracellular Matrix  

PubMed Central

Mollusks shell formation is mediated by matrix proteins and many of these proteins have been identified and characterized. However, the mechanisms of protein control remain unknown. Here, we report the ubiquitylation of matrix proteins in the prismatic layer of the pearl oyster, Pinctada fucata. The presence of ubiquitylated proteins in the prismatic layer of the shell was detected with a combination of western blot and immunogold assays. The coupled ubiquitins were separated and identified by Edman degradation and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS). Antibody injection in vivo resulted in large amounts of calcium carbonate randomly accumulating on the surface of the nacreous layer. These ubiquitylated proteins could bind to specific faces of calcite and aragonite, which are the two main mineral components of the shell. In the in vitro calcium carbonate crystallization assay, they could reduce the rate of calcium carbonate precipitation and induce the calcite formation. Furthermore, when the attached ubiquitins were removed, the functions of the EDTA-soluble matrix of the prismatic layer were changed. Their potency to inhibit precipitation of calcium carbonate was decreased and their influence on the morphology of calcium carbonate crystals was changed. Taken together, ubiquitylation is involved in shell formation. Although the ubiquitylation is supposed to be involved in every aspect of biophysical processes, our work connected the biomineralization-related proteins and the ubiquitylation mechanism in the extracellular matrix for the first time. This would promote our understanding of the shell biomineralization and the ubiquitylation processes. PMID:22558208

Fang, Dong; Pan, Cong; Lin, Huijuan; Lin, Ya; Xu, Guangrui; Zhang, Guiyou; Wang, Hongzhong; Xie, Liping; Zhang, Rongqing

2012-01-01

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Oral calcium carbonate affects calcium but not phosphorus balance in stage 3–4 chronic kidney disease  

PubMed Central

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are given calcium carbonate to bind dietary phosphorus and reduce phosphorus retention, and to prevent negative calcium balance. Data are limited on calcium and phosphorus balance in CKD to support this. The aim of this study was to determine calcium and phosphorus balance and calcium kinetics with and without calcium carbonate in CKD patients. Eight stage 3/4 CKD patients, eGFR 36 mL/min, participated in two 3-week balances in a randomized placebo-controlled cross-over study of calcium carbonate (1500 mg/d calcium). Calcium and phosphorus balance were determined on a controlled diet. Oral and intravenous 45calcium with blood sampling and urine and fecal collections were used for calcium kinetics. Fasting blood and urine were collected at baseline and end of each week of each balance period for biochemical analyses. Results showed that patients were in neutral calcium and phosphorus balance while on placebo. Calcium carbonate produced positive calcium balance, did not affect phosphorus balance, and produced only a modest reduction in urine phosphorus excretion compared with placebo. Calcium kinetics demonstrated positive net bone balance but less than overall calcium balance suggesting tissue deposition. Fasting biochemistries of calcium and phosphate homeostasis were unaffected by calcium carbonate. If they can be extrapolated to effects of chronic therapy, these data caution against the use of calcium carbonate as a phosphate binder. PMID:23254903

Hill, Kathleen M.; Martin, Berdine R.; Wastney, Meryl; McCabe, George P.; Moe, Sharon M.; Weaver, Connie M.; Peacock, Munro

2014-01-01

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Crystal Morphology and 13Carbon/12Carbon Composition of Solid Oxalate in Cacti 1  

PubMed Central

Morphology, crystal structure, and carbon isotopic composition of calcium oxalate from representative species from the family Cactaceae were determined using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Crystals from one species in the Opuntieae tribe of the Cactaceae were druses with acute points composed of the monohydrate form of calcium oxalate (whewellite). Crystals from three species in the Cereeae tribe were the dihydrate form of calcium oxalate (weddellite) forming druses made up of tetragonal and isodiametric crystallites. The oxalate was relatively enriched in 13C isotope (-7.3 to - 8.7 ‰) compared with woody fibers (-13.3 to 14.1 ‰) from the same plants. Images PMID:16661115

Rivera, E. R.; Smith, B. N.

1979-01-01

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Calcium carbonate does not affect imatinib pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers  

PubMed Central

Purpose Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec®/Glivec®), has revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemias (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and there is evidence for an exposure response relationship. Calcium carbonate is increasingly used as a calcium supplement and in the setting of gastric upset associated with imatinib therapy. Calcium carbonate could conceivably elevate gastric pH and complex imatinib, thereby influencing imatinib absorption and exposure. We aimed to evaluate whether use of calcium carbonate has a significant effect on imatinib pharmacokinetics. Methods Eleven healthy subjects were enrolled in a 2-period, open-label, single-institution, randomized cross-over, fixed-schedule study. In one period, each subject received 400 mg of imatinib p.o.. In the other period, 4000 mg calcium carbonate (Tums Ultra®) was administered p.o. 15 min before 400 mg of imatinib. Plasma concentrations of imatinib and its active N-desmethyl metabolite CGP74588 were assayed by LC-MS; data were analyzed non-compartmentally, and compared after log transformation. Results Calcium carbonate administration did not significantly affect the imatinib area under the plasma concentration versus time curve (AUC) (41.2 ?g/mL•h alone versus 40.8 ?g/mL•h with calcium carbonate, P=0.99), maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) (2.35 ?g/mL alone versus 2.39 ?g/mL with calcium carbonate, P=0.89). Conclusions Our results indicate that the use of calcium carbonate does not significantly affect imatinib pharmacokinetics. PMID:24170263

Tawbi, Hussein; Christner, Susan M.; Lin, Yan; Johnson, Matthew; Mowrey, Emily T.; Cherrin, Craig; Chu, Edward; Lee, James J.; Puhalla, Shannon; Stoller, Ronald; Appleman, Leonard R.; Miller, Brian M.; Beumer, Jan H.

2013-01-01

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Effect of nanosized and surface-modified precipitated calcium carbonate on properties of CaCO 3\\/polypropylene nanocomposites  

Microsoft Academic Search

The nanosized and surface-modified precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) particles have been synthesized by carbonation reaction and used as reinforcing filler for preparing polypropylene (PP) composites. Both a crystallization inhibitor (sodium tripolyphosphate, TPP) and an organic surface modifier (stearic acid) were used to get narrow size distribution, uniform shape and nanometer size. The comprehensive results of morphological and mechanical analyses on

Tran Dai Lam; Tran Vinh Hoang; Duong Tuan Quang; Jong Seung Kim

2009-01-01

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Behaviour of calcium carbonate in sea water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Anomalies in the behaviour of calcium carbonate in natural solutions diminish when considered in context. Best values found by traditional oceanographie methods for the apparent solubility product constant K'CaCO3 in sea water at atmospheric pressure are consistent mineralogically-at 36 parts per thousand salinity and T-25??C, K'aragonlte is estimated as 1.12 ?? 10-6 and K'calcite as 0.61 ?? 10-6. At 30??C the corresponding values are 0.98 ?? 10-6 for aragonite and 0.53 ?? 10-6 for calcite. Because the K' computations do not compensate for ionic activity, however, they cannot give thermodynamically satisfactory results. It is of interest, therefore, that approximate methods and information now available permit the estimation from the same basic data of an activity product constant KCaCO3 close to that found in solutions to which Debye-Hu??ckel theory applies. Such methods indicate approximate Karagonite 7.8 ?? 10-9 for surface sea water at 29??C; Kcalcite would be proportionately lower. Field data and experimental results indicate that the mineralogy of precipitated CaCO3 depends primarily on degree of supersaturation, thus also on kinetic or biologic factors that facilitate or inhibit a high degree of supersaturation. The shallow, generally hypersaline bank waters west of Andros Island yield aragonitic sediments with O18 O16 ratios that imply precipitation mainly during the warmer months, when the combination of a high rate of evaporation, increasing salinity (and ionic strength), maximal temperatures and photosynthetic removal of CO2 result in high apparent supersaturation. The usual precipitate from solutions of low ionic strength is calcite, except where the aragonite level of supersaturation is reached as a result of diffusion phenomena (e.g. dripstones), gradual and marked evaporation, or biologic intervention. Published data also suggest the possibility of distinct chemical milieus for crystallographic variations in skeletal calcium carbonate. It appears that in nature aragonite precipitates from solutions that are supersaturated with respect to both calcite and aragonite and calcite between saturation levels for the two species. Such a relation is consistent with Ostwald's rule of successive reactions. Aragonitc of marine origin persists in contact with supersaturated interstitial solutions at ordinary temperature and pressure. Conversion to calcite follows transfer to solutions undersaturated with respect to aragonite or upon exposure to the moist atmosphere. ?? 1962.

Cloud, P.E., Jr.

1962-01-01

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Calcium carbonate does not affect nilotinib pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers  

PubMed Central

Purpose Nilotinib is a second-generation oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) with superior efficacy compared with imatinib mesylate in the treatment of chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Calcium carbonate is commonly used as a source of calcium supplementation or as antacid to ameliorate the gastrointestinal side effects associated with nilotinib, which could have unknown effects on nilotinib absorption. The purpose of this study was to provide information on the effect of calcium carbonate on the PK of nilotinib in healthy volunteers. Methods Healthy subjects were enrolled in a 2-period, open-label, single-institution, randomized, cross-over, fixed-schedule study. In one period, each subject received 400 mg of nilotinib p.o. In the other period, 4000 mg calcium carbonate (4 X Tums Ultra 1000®) were administered p.o. 15 minutes prior to the nilonitib dose. Plasma samples were collected at specified timepoints, concentrations of nilotinib were quantitated by LC-MS, and data were analyzed non-compartmentally. Results Eleven subjects were evaluable. Calcium supplementation did not significantly affect nilotinib pharmacokinetic parameters including area under the plasma concentration versus time curve (AUC) (18.4 ?g/mL•h alone versus 16.9 ?g/mL•h with calcium carbonate, P=0.83; 80% power); maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) (0.670 ?g/mL alone versus 6.18 ?g/mL with calcium carbonate, P=0.97); or half-life (18.9 h alone versus 17.2 h with calcium carbonate, P=0.18). Conclusions Our results indicate that the use of calcium carbonate does not significantly affect nilotinib pharmacokinetics. PMID:24036846

Tawbi, Hussein A.; Tran, An L.; Christner, Susan M.; Lin, Yan; Johnson, Matthew; Mowrey, Emily; Appleman, Leonard R.; Stoller, Ronald; Miller, Brian M.; Egorin, Merrill J.; Beumer, Jan H.

2013-01-01

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Single-Crystal Calcium Hexaboride Nanowires: Synthesis and  

E-print Network

tantalum crucible,21 by carbothermal reduction of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and boron carbide (B4C) at 1400 sputtering,26 laser ablation,27,30,31 and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).28,29,32 Chromium boride (CrB) nanorods were synthesized by reaction of chromium trichloride (CrCl3) and B powders in molten sodium at 650

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Crucibleless crystal growth and Radioluminescence study of calcium tungstate single crystal fiber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this article, single phase and high optical quality scheelite calcium tungstate single crystal fibers were grown by using the crucibleless laser heated pedestal growth technique. The as-synthesized calcium tungstate powders used for shaping seed and feed rods were investigated by X-ray diffraction technique. As-grown crystals were studied by Raman spectroscopy and Radioluminescence measurements. The results indicate that in both two cases, calcined powder and single crystal fiber, only the expected scheelite CaWO4 phase was observed. It was verified large homogeneity in the crystal composition, without the presence of secondary phases. The Radioluminescence spectra of the as-grown single crystal fibers are in agreement with that present in Literature for bulk single crystals, presented a single emission band centered at 420 nm when irradiated with ?-rays.

Silva, M. S.; Jesus, L. M.; Barbosa, L. B.; Ardila, D. R.; Andreeta, J. P.; Silva, R. S.

2014-11-01

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Calcium carbonate scaling kinetics determined from radiotracer experiments with calcium-47  

SciTech Connect

The deposition of calcium carbonate is one of the principal modes of fouling of the heat-transfer surface of a fresh-water-cooled heat exchanger. The deposition rate of calcium carbonate on a heat-transfer surface has been measured using a calcium-47 radiotracer and compared to the measured rate of thermal fouling. The crystalline phase of calcium carbonate that precipitates depends on the degree of supersaturation at the heat-transfer surface, with aragonite precipitating at higher supersaturations and calcite precipitating at lower supersaturations. Whereas the mass deposition rates were constant with time, the thermal fouling rates decreased throughout the course of each experiment as a result of densification of the deposit. It is proposed that the densification was driven by the temperature gradient across the deposit together with the retrograde solubility of calcium carbonate. The temperature dependence of the deposition rate yielded an activation energy of 79 {+-} 4 kJ/mol for the precipitation of calcium carbonate on a heat-transfer surface.

Turner, C.W.; Smith, D.W. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, Ontario (Canada). Chalk River Labs.] [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, Ontario (Canada). Chalk River Labs.

1998-02-01

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Amorphous Calcium Carbonate Precipitation by Cellular Biomineralization in Mantle Cell Cultures of Pinctada fucata  

PubMed Central

The growth of molluscan shell crystals is generally thought to be initiated from the extrapallial fluid by matrix proteins, however, the cellular mechanisms of shell formation pathway remain unknown. Here, we first report amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) precipitation by cellular biomineralization in primary mantle cell cultures of Pinctada fucata. Through real-time PCR and western blot analyses, we demonstrate that mantle cells retain the ability to synthesize and secrete ACCBP, Pif80 and nacrein in vitro. In addition, the cells also maintained high levels of alkaline phosphatase and carbonic anhydrase activity, enzymes responsible for shell formation. On the basis of polarized light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, we observed intracellular crystals production by mantle cells in vitro. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed the crystals to be ACC, and de novo biomineralization was confirmed by following the incorporation of Sr into calcium carbonate. Our results demonstrate the ability of mantle cells to perform fundamental biomineralization processes via amorphous calcium carbonate, and these cells may be directly involved in pearl oyster shell formation. PMID:25405357

Xiang, Liang; Kong, Wei; Su, Jingtan; Liang, Jian; Zhang, Guiyou; Xie, Liping; Zhang, Rongqing

2014-01-01

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Morphologies and elemental compositions of calcium crystals in phyllodes and branchlets of Acacia robeorum (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae)  

PubMed Central

Background and Aims Formation of calcium oxalate crystals is common in the plant kingdom, but biogenic formation of calcium sulfate crystals in plants is rare. We investigated the morphologies and elemental compositions of crystals found in phyllodes and branchlets of Acacia robeorum, a desert shrub of north-western Australia. Methods Morphologies of crystals in phyllodes and branchlets of A. robeorum were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and elemental compositions of the crystals were identified by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Distributional patterns of the crystals were studied using optical microscopy together with SEM. Key Results According to the elemental compositions, the crystals were classified into three groups: (1) calcium oxalate; (2) calcium sulfate, which is a possible mixture of calcium sulfate and calcium oxalate with calcium sulfate being the major component; and (3) calcium sulfate · magnesium oxalate, presumably mixtures of calcium sulfate, calcium oxalate, magnesium oxalate and silica. The crystals were of various morphologies, including prisms, raphides, styloids, druses, crystal sand, spheres and clusters. Both calcium oxalate and calcium sulfate crystals were observed in almost all tissues, including mesophyll, parenchyma, sclerenchyma (fibre cells), pith, pith ray and cortex; calcium sulfate · magnesium oxalate crystals were only found in mesophyll and parenchyma cells in phyllodes. Conclusions The formation of most crystals was biologically induced, as confirmed by studying the crystals formed in the phyllodes from seedlings grown in a glasshouse. The crystals may have functions in removing excess calcium, magnesium and sulfur, protecting the plants against herbivory, and detoxifying aluminium and heavy metals. PMID:22294477

He, Honghua; Bleby, Timothy M.; Veneklaas, Erik J.; Lambers, Hans; Kuo, John

2012-01-01

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Nanoporous Structure and Medium-Range Order in Synthetic Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  

SciTech Connect

We adopt a reverse Monte Carlo refinement approach, using experimental X-ray total scattering data, to develop a structure model for synthetic, hydrated amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC). The ACC is revealed to consist of a porous calcium-rich framework that supports interconnected channels containing water and carbonate molecules. The existence of a previously unrecognized nanometer-scale channel network suggests mechanisms of how additives can be accommodated within the structure and provide temporary stabilization, as well as influence the crystallization process. Moreover, while lacking long-range order, the calcium-rich framework in the ACC contains similar Ca packing density to that present in calcite, aragonite, and vaterite, yielding clues of how the amorphous material converts into the different crystalline forms. Our results provide a new starting point for advancing our understanding of biomineralization as well as the development of biomimetic approaches to next-generation materials synthesis.

Goodwin, Andrew L.; Michel, F. Marc; Phillips, Brian L.; Keen, David A.; Dove, Martin T.; Reeder, Richard J. (SBU); (Cambridge); (Oxford); (RAL)

2010-12-03

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Synthesis of calcium antimonate nano-crystals by the 18th dynasty Egyptian glassmakers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During the 18th Egyptian dynasty (1570-1292 B.C.), opaque white, blue and turquoise glasses were opacified by calcium antimonate crystals dispersed in a vitreous matrix. The technological processes as well as the antimony sources used to manufacture these crystals remain unknown. Our results shed a new light on glassmaking history: contrary to what was thought, we demonstrate that Egyptian glassmakers did not use in situ crystallization but first synthesized calcium antimonate opacifiers, which do not exist in nature, and then added them to a glass. Furthermore, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time in the study of Egyptian opaque glasses, we show that these opacifiers were nano-crystals. Prior to this research, such a process for glassmaking has not been suggested for any kind of ancient opaque glass production. Studying various preparation methods for calcium antimonate, we propose that Egyptian craftsmen could have produced Ca2Sb2O7 by using mixtures of Sb2O3 or Sb2O5 with calcium carbonates (atomic ratio Sb/Ca=1) heat treated between 1000 and 1100°C. We developed an original strategy focused on the investigation of the crystals and the vitreous matrices using an appropriate suite of high-sensitivity and high-resolution micro- and nano-analytical techniques (scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), TEM). Synchrotron-based micro X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (?-XANES) proved to be very well suited to the selective measure of the antimony oxidation state in the vitreous matrix. This work is the starting point for a complete reassessment not only of ancient Egyptian glass studies but more generally of high-temperature technologies used throughout antiquity.

Lahlil, S.; Biron, I.; Cotte, M.; Susini, J.; Menguy, N.

2010-01-01

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Plant calcium oxalate crystal formation, function, and its impact on human health  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Crystals of calcium oxalate have been observed among members from most taxonomic groups of photosynthetic organisms ranging from the smallest algae to the largest trees. The biological roles for calcium oxalate crystal formation in plant growth and development include high capacity calcium regulatio...

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Waste oil shale ash as a novel source of calcium for precipitated calcium carbonate: carbonation mechanism, modeling, and product characterization.  

PubMed

In this paper, a method for converting lime-containing oil shale waste ash into precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), a valuable commodity is elucidated. The mechanism of ash leachates carbonation was experimentally investigated in a stirred semi-batch barboter-type reactor by varying the CO(2) partial pressure, gas flow rate, and agitation intensity. A consistent set of model equations and physical-chemical parameters is proposed to describe the CaCO(3) precipitation process from oil shale ash leachates of complex composition. The model enables the simulation of reactive species (Ca(2+), CaCO(3), SO(4)(2-), CaSO(4), OH(-), CO(2), HCO(3)(-), H(+), CO(3)(2-)) concentration profiles in the liquid, gas, and solid phases as well as prediction of the PCC formation rate. The presence of CaSO(4) in the product may also be evaluated and used to assess the purity of the PCC product. A detailed characterization of the PCC precipitates crystallized from oil shale ash leachates is also provided. High brightness PCC (containing up to ? 96% CaCO(3)) with mean particle sizes ranging from 4 to 10 ?m and controllable morphology (such as rhombohedral calcite or coexisting calcite and spherical vaterite phases) was obtained under the conditions studied. PMID:21872990

Velts, O; Uibu, M; Kallas, J; Kuusik, R

2011-11-15

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Biomineralization of calcium carbonates and their engineered applications: a review  

PubMed Central

Microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICCP) is a naturally occurring biological process in which microbes produce inorganic materials as part of their basic metabolic activities. This technology has been widely explored and promising with potential in various technical applications. In the present review, the detailed mechanism of production of calcium carbonate biominerals by ureolytic bacteria has been discussed along with role of bacteria and the sectors where these biominerals are being used. The applications of bacterially produced carbonate biominerals for improving the durability of buildings, remediation of environment (water and soil), sequestration of atmospheric CO2 filler material in rubbers and plastics etc. are discussed. The study also sheds light on benefits of bacterial biominerals over traditional agents and also the issues that lie in the path of successful commercialization of the technology of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation from lab to field scale. PMID:24194735

Dhami, Navdeep K.; Reddy, M. Sudhakara; Mukherjee, Abhijit

2013-01-01

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A reactive force field for aqueous-calcium carbonate systems.  

PubMed

A new reactive force field has been derived that allows the modelling of speciation in the aqueous-calcium carbonate system. Using the ReaxFF methodology, which has now been implemented in the program GULP, calcium has been simulated as a fixed charge di-cation species in both crystalline phases, such as calcite and aragonite, as well as in the solution phase. Excluding calcium from the charge equilibration process appears to have no adverse effects for the simulation of species relevant to the aqueous environment. Based on this model, the speciation of carbonic acid, bicarbonate and carbonate have been examined in microsolvated conditions, as well as bulk water. When immersed in a droplet of 98 water molecules and two hydronium ions, the carbonate ion is rapidly converted to bicarbonate, and ultimately carbonic acid, which is formed as the metastable cis-trans isomer under kinetic control. Both first principles and ReaxFF calculations exhibit the same behaviour, but the longer timescale accessible to the latter allows the diffusion of the carbonic acid to the surface of the water to be observed, where it is more stable at the interface. Calcium carbonate is also examined as ion pairs in solution for both CaCO(3)(0)((aq)) and CaHCO(3)(+)((aq)), in addition to the (1014) surface in contact with water. PMID:21850319

Gale, Julian D; Raiteri, Paolo; van Duin, Adri C T

2011-10-01

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Acute effects of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate and potassium citrate on markers of calcium and bone metabolism in young women.  

PubMed

Both K and Ca supplementation may have beneficial effects on bone through separate mechanisms. K in the form of citrate or bicarbonate affects bone by neutralising the acid load caused by a high protein intake or a low intake of alkalising foods, i.e. fruits and vegetables. Ca is known to decrease serum parathyroid hormone (S-PTH) concentration and bone resorption. We compared the effects of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate and potassium citrate on markers of Ca and bone metabolism in young women. Twelve healthy women aged 22-30 years were randomised into four controlled 24 h study sessions, each subject serving as her own control. At the beginning of each session, subjects received a single dose of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, potassium citrate or a placebo in randomised order. The diet during each session was identical, containing 300 mg Ca. Both the calcium carbonate and calcium citrate supplement contained 1000 mg Ca; the potassium citrate supplement contained 2250 mg K. Markers of Ca and bone metabolism were followed. Potassium citrate decreased the bone resorption marker (N-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen) and increased Ca retention relative to the control session. Both Ca supplements decreased S-PTH concentration. Ca supplements also decreased bone resorption relative to the control session, but this was significant only for calcium carbonate. No differences in bone formation marker (bone-specific alkaline phosphatase) were seen among the study sessions. The results suggest that potassium citrate has a positive effect on the resorption marker despite low Ca intake. Both Ca supplements were absorbed well and decreased S-PTH efficiently. PMID:19538811

Karp, Heini J; Ketola, Maarit E; Lamberg-Allardt, Christel J E

2009-11-01

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Influence of maleic acid copolymers on calcium orthophosphates crystallization at low temperature  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The goal of this study was to investigate the maleic acid copolymers role on calcium orthophosphates crystallization at low temperature. In this respect, two maleic acid copolymers with different structures [poly(sodium maleate-co-vinyl acetate) and poly(sodium maleate-co-methyl methacrylate)] were used. The syntheses of the calcium orthophosphates in the absence and in the presence of the copolymers were performed through the wet chemical method using calcium nitrate, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate and ammonium hydroxide as reactants. The syntheses were monitored in situ by potentiometric and conductometric measurements. To ensure the transformation of less thermodynamically stable calcium orthophosphates into more stable forms, the samples were aged 30 days in mother solutions, at room temperature. The presence of the copolymers in the final products was evidenced by FTIR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy and laser light scattering measurements gave information about the composites morphology and the size of the formed structures. X-ray diffraction evidenced that, as a function of comonomer structure and of copolymer concentration, the products could contain hydroxyapatite with low crystallinity, calcium-deficient or carbonated hydroxyapatite. At high concentration of poly(sodium maleate-co-methyl methacrylate) the transformation of brushite into apatitic structures was inhibited.

Pelin, Irina M.; Popescu, Irina; Suflet, Dana M.; Aflori, Magdalena; Bulacovschi, Victor

2013-08-01

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Mesoscale crystallization of calcium phosphate nanostructures in protein (casein) micelles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aqueous micelles of the multi-protein calcium phosphate complex, casein, were treated at 60 °C and pH 7 over several months. Although partial dissociation of the micelles into 12 nm sized amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)/protein nanoparticles occurred within a period of 14 days, crystallization of the ACP nanoclusters into bundles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanofilaments was not observed until after 12 weeks. The HAP nanofilaments were formed specifically within the partially disrupted protein micelles suggesting a micelle-mediated pathway of mesoscale crystallization. Similar experiments using ACP-containing synthetic micelles prepared from ?-casein protein alone indicated that co-aligned bundles of HAP nanofilaments were produced within the protein micelle interior after 24 hours at temperatures as low as 35 °C. The presence of Mg2+ ions in the casein micelles, as well as a possible synergistic effect associated with the multi-protein nature of the native aggregates, could account for the marked inhibition in mesoscale crystallization observed in the casein micelles compared with the single-component ?-casein constructs.Aqueous micelles of the multi-protein calcium phosphate complex, casein, were treated at 60 °C and pH 7 over several months. Although partial dissociation of the micelles into 12 nm sized amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)/protein nanoparticles occurred within a period of 14 days, crystallization of the ACP nanoclusters into bundles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanofilaments was not observed until after 12 weeks. The HAP nanofilaments were formed specifically within the partially disrupted protein micelles suggesting a micelle-mediated pathway of mesoscale crystallization. Similar experiments using ACP-containing synthetic micelles prepared from ?-casein protein alone indicated that co-aligned bundles of HAP nanofilaments were produced within the protein micelle interior after 24 hours at temperatures as low as 35 °C. The presence of Mg2+ ions in the casein micelles, as well as a possible synergistic effect associated with the multi-protein nature of the native aggregates, could account for the marked inhibition in mesoscale crystallization observed in the casein micelles compared with the single-component ?-casein constructs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Particle size histograms, TEM, EDX and electron diffraction data. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00158a

Thachepan, Surachai; Li, Mei; Mann, Stephen

2010-11-01

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Drug loading into porous calcium carbonate microparticles by solvent evaporation.  

PubMed

Drug loading into porous carriers may improve drug release of poorly water-soluble drugs. However, the widely used impregnation method based on adsorption lacks reproducibility and efficiency for certain compounds. The aim of this study was to evaluate a drug-loading method based on solvent evaporation and crystallization, and to investigate the underlying drug-loading mechanisms. Functionalized calcium carbonate (FCC) microparticles and four drugs with different solubility and permeability properties were selected as model substances to investigate drug loading. Ibuprofen, nifedipine, losartan potassium, and metronidazole benzoate were dissolved in acetone or methanol. After dispersion of FCC, the solvent was removed under reduced pressure. For each model drug, a series of drug loads were produced ranging from 25% to 50% (w/w) in steps of 5% (w/w). Loading efficiency was qualitatively analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) using the presence of agglomerates and drug crystals as indicators of poor loading efficiency. The particles were further characterized by mercury porosimetry, specific surface area measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, and USP2 dissolution. Drug concentration was determined by HPLC. FCC-drug mixtures containing equivalent drug fractions but without specific loading strategy served as reference samples. SEM analysis revealed high efficiency of pore filling up to a drug load of 40% (w/w). Above this, agglomerates and separate crystals were significantly increased, indicating that the maximum capacity of drug loading was reached. Intraparticle porosity and specific surface area were decreased after drug loading because of pore filling and crystallization on the pore surface. HPLC quantification of drugs taken up by FCC showed only minor drug loss. Dissolution rate of FCC loaded with metronidazole benzoate and nifedipine was faster than the corresponding FCC-drug mixtures, mainly due to surface enlargement, because only small fractions of amorphous drug (12.5%, w/w, and 8.9%, w/w, respectively) were found by thermal analysis. Combination of qualitative SEM analysis and HPLC quantification was sufficient to proof the feasibility of the solvent-evaporation method for the loading of various drugs into FCC. Mechanistic investigation revealed that a high specific surface area of the carrier is required to facilitate heterogeneous nucleation, and large pore sizes (up to 1 ?m) are beneficial to reduce crystallization pressures and allow drug deposition within the pores. The solvent-evaporation method allows precise drug loading and appears to be suitable for scale-up. PMID:24568926

Preisig, Daniel; Haid, David; Varum, Felipe J O; Bravo, Roberto; Alles, Rainer; Huwyler, Jörg; Puchkov, Maxim

2014-08-01

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Automatic photometric titrations of calcium and magnesium in carbonate rocks  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Rapid nonsubjective methods have been developed for the determination of calcium and magnesium in carbonate rocks. From a single solution of the sample, calcium is titrated directly, and magnesium is titrated after a rapid removal of R2O3 and precipitation of calcium as the tungstate. A concentrated and a dilute solution of disodium ethylenediamine tetraacetate are used as titrants. The concentrated solution is added almost to the end point, then the weak solution is added in an automatic titrator to determine the end point precisely.

Shapiro, L.; Brannock, W.W.

1955-01-01

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Reverse engineering the kidney: modelling calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization in the nephron.  

PubMed

Crystallization of calcium oxalate monohydrate in a section of a single kidney nephron (distal convoluted tubule) is simulated using a model adapted from industrial crystallization. The nephron fluid dynamics is represented as a crystallizer/separator series with changing volume to allow for water removal along the tubule. The model integrates crystallization kinetics and crystal size distribution and allows the prediction of the calcium oxalate concentration profile and the nucleation and growth rates. The critical supersaturation ratio for the nucleation of calcium oxalate crystals has been estimated as 2 and the mean crystal size as 1 mum. The crystal growth order, determined as 2.2, indicates a surface integration mechanism of crystal growth and crystal growth dispersion. The model allows the exploration of the effect of varying the input calcium oxalate concentration and the rate of water extraction, simulating real life stressors for stone formation such as dietary loading and dehydration. PMID:20424925

Borissova, A; Goltz, G E; Kavanagh, J P; Wilkins, T A

2010-07-01

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Influence of substrate mineralogy on bacterial mineralization of calcium carbonate: implications for stone conservation.  

PubMed

The influence of mineral substrate composition and structure on bacterial calcium carbonate productivity and polymorph selection was studied. Bacterial calcium carbonate precipitation occurred on calcitic (Iceland spar single crystals, marble, and porous limestone) and silicate (glass coverslips, porous sintered glass, and quartz sandstone) substrates following culturing in liquid medium (M-3P) inoculated with different types of bacteria (Myxococcus xanthus, Brevundimonas diminuta, and a carbonatogenic bacterial community isolated from porous calcarenite stone in a historical building) and direct application of sterile M-3P medium to limestone and sandstone with their own bacterial communities. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and 2-dimensional XRD (2D-XRD) analyses revealed that abundant highly oriented calcite crystals formed homoepitaxially on the calcitic substrates, irrespective of the bacterial type. Conversely, scattered spheroidal vaterite entombing bacterial cells formed on the silicate substrates. These results show that carbonate phase selection is not strain specific and that under equal culture conditions, the substrate type is the overruling factor for calcium carbonate polymorph selection. Furthermore, carbonate productivity is strongly dependent on the mineralogy of the substrate. Calcitic substrates offer a higher affinity for bacterial attachment than silicate substrates, thereby fostering bacterial growth and metabolic activity, resulting in higher production of calcium carbonate cement. Bacterial calcite grows coherently over the calcitic substrate and is therefore more chemically and mechanically stable than metastable vaterite, which formed incoherently on the silicate substrates. The implications of these results for technological applications of bacterial carbonatogenesis, including building stone conservation, are discussed. PMID:22447589

Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos; Jroundi, Fadwa; Schiro, Mara; Ruiz-Agudo, Encarnación; González-Muñoz, María Teresa

2012-06-01

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Crystal structure of calcium dodecin (Rv0379), from Mycobacterium tuberculosis with a unique calcium-binding site  

SciTech Connect

In eukaryotes, calcium-binding proteins play a pivotal role in diverse cellular processes, and recent findings suggest similar roles for bacterial proteins at different stages in their life cycle. Here, we report the crystal structure of calcium dodecin, Rv0379, from Mycobacterium tuberculosis with a dodecameric oligomeric assembly and a unique calcium-binding motif. Structure and sequence analysis were used to identify orthologs of Rv0379 with different ligand-binding specificity

Arockiasamy, Arulandu; Aggarwal, Anup; Savva, Christos G.; Holzenburg, Andreas; Sacchettini, James C. (TAM)

2011-09-28

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A critical analysis of calcium carbonate mesocrystals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The term mesocrystal has been widely used to describe crystals that form by oriented assembly, and that exhibit nanoparticle substructures. Using calcite crystals co-precipitated with polymers as a suitable test case, this article looks critically at the concept of mesocrystals. Here we demonstrate that the data commonly used to assign mesocrystal structure may be frequently misinterpreted, and that these calcite/polymer crystals do not have nanoparticle substructures. Although morphologies suggest the presence of nanoparticles, these are only present on the crystal surface. High surface areas are only recorded for crystals freshly removed from solution and are again attributed to a thin shell of nanoparticles on a solid calcite core. Line broadening in powder X-ray diffraction spectra is due to lattice strain only, precluding the existence of a nanoparticle sub-structure. Finally, study of the formation mechanism provides no evidence for crystalline precursor particles. A re-evaluation of existing literature on some mesocrystals may therefore be required.

Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna S.; Ihli, Johannes; Kulak, Alex N.; Hetherington, Nicola B. J.; Tang, Chiu C.; Schmahl, Wolfgang W.; Griesshaber, Erika; Hyett, Geoffrey; Meldrum, Fiona C.

2014-07-01

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Crystal Structures of Calcium IV and V under High Pressure  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High-pressure phases IV and V of calcium discovered in 2005 have the highest superconducting transition temperature of 25 K among all the elements; however, their crystal structures have not been determined. From the x-ray powder diffraction data, both Ca IV and V have been found to form unique and complex structures with a coordination number of 7. They were confirmed to be identical to the theoretical models that were recently predicted [Ishikawa , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO0163-1829 77 020101(R) (2008)10.1103/PhysRevB.77.020101].

Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Shimizu, Katsuya; Yabuuchi, Takahiro; Gotoh, Yoshito

2008-08-01

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Were kinetics of Archean calcium carbonate precipitation related to oxygen concentration?  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Archean carbonates commonly contain decimetre- to metre-thick beds consisting entirely of fibrous calcite and neomorphosed fibrous aragonite that precipitated in situ on the sea floor. The fact that such thick accumulations of precipitated carbonate are rare in younger marine carbonates suggests an important change in the modes of calcium carbonate precipitation through time. Kinetics of carbonate precipitation depend on the concentration of inhibitors to precipitation that reduce crystallization rates and crystal nuclei formation, leading to kinetic maintenance of supersaturated solutions. Inhibitors also affect carbonate textures by limiting micrite precipitation and promoting growth of older carbonate crystals on the sea floor. Fe2+, a strong calcite-precipitation inhibitor, is thought to have been present at relatively high concentrations in Archean seawater because oxygen concentrations were low. The rise in oxygen concentration at 2.2-1.9 Ga led to the removal of Fe2+ from seawater and resulted in a shift from Archean facies, which commonly include precipitated beds, to Proterozoic facies, which contain more micritic sediment and only rare precipitated beds.

Sumner, D. Y.; Grotzinger, J. P.

1996-01-01

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Influence of some polysaccharides on the production of calcium carbonate filler particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The influence of different water-soluble polysaccharides, dextrans (cationic, anionic and non-ionic) and soluble starch, on the precipitation of calcium carbonate, has been investigated in the model system in which calcium hydroxide and carbonic acid were reactants. In the absence of additives, the formation of metastable phases, vaterite and amorphous calcium carbonate is observed at the early stage of the process, and as a consequence of the solution-mediated transformation process calcite appears in the system as the only solid phase in equilibrium. In the presence of starch, vaterite is found in the final precipitate, with the content increasing with the increase of starch concentration, probably as a consequence of calcite nucleation and crystal growth inhibition. Non-ionic dextran causes the inhibition of vaterite nucleation, which results in the formation of calcite as a predominant solid phase throughout the precipitation process. The crystal size of the so-formed calcite reduces by increasing the relative molecular mass ( Mr) of neutral dextran. The presence of charged dextrans, either cationic or anionic, causes inhibition of the overall precipitation process: in the case of anionic dextran the inhibition seems to be the consequence of its reaction with Ca 2+ ions (supersaturation decrease), while cationic dextran most probably adsorbs electrostatically onto the negatively charged surfaces of calcite and vaterite.

Kontrec, Jasminka; Kralj, Damir; Bre?evi?, Ljerka; Falini, Giuseppe

2008-10-01

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Formation of hollow bone-like morphology of calcium carbonate on surfactant/polymer templates  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Novel hollow, bone-like structures of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) are fabricated, for the first time, starting from naturally occurring dolomite. The hollow, bone-like structures are prepared by precipitating calcium carbonate on self-assembled poly(acrylic acid)/cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (PAA/CTAC) template. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopic (FE-SEM) studies reveal that the bone-like structure is composed of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles in the center and calcite nanoparticles at the edges. Bone-like PCC particles are in particle length of 2-3 ?m and particle width of 1 ?m. The internal hollow structures of bone-like particles are observed from TEM images. As identified by FE-SEM images, the bone-like structure has been formed through the crystal growth of initially formed ACC nanoparticles. The ACC particles are stabilized in the center while the calcite crystals have been grown from the ACC toward the edges of the structure to form a bone-like morphology. We also propose a possible mechanism for the formation of hollow bone-like PCC in this study. The fabricated hollow, bone-like PCC has potential applications in the preparation of release systems such as drugs, cosmetics and pigments.

Mantilaka, M. M. M. G. P. G.; Pitawala, H. M. T. G. A.; Rajapakse, R. M. G.; Karunaratne, D. G. G. P.; Upul Wijayantha, K. G.

2014-04-01

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ATP-stabilized amorphous calcium carbonate nanospheres and their application in protein adsorption.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate is a common substance found in rocks worldwide, and is the main biomineral formed in shells of marine organisms and snails, pearls and eggshells. Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is the least stable polymorph of calcium carbonate, which is so unstable under normal conditions that it is difficult to be prepared in vitro because it rapidly crystallizes to form one of the more stable polymorphs in aqueous solution. Herein, we report the successful synthesis of highly stable ACC nanospheres in vitro using adenosine 5'-triphosphate disodium salt (ATP) as a stabilizer. The effect of ATP on the stability of ACC nanospheres is investigated. Our experiments show that ATP plays an unique role in the stabilization of ACC nanospheres in aqueous solution. Moreover, the as-prepared ACC nanospheres are highly stable in phosphate buffered saline for a relatively long period of time (12 days) even under relatively high concentrations of calcium and phosphate ions. The cytotoxicity tests show that the as-prepared highly stable ACC nanospheres have excellent biocompatibility. The highly stable ACC nanospheres have high protein adsorption capacity, implying that they are promising for applications in biomedical fields such as drug delivery and protein adsorption. PMID:24578276

Qi, Chao; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Lu, Bing-Qiang; Zhao, Xin-Yu; Zhao, Jing; Chen, Feng; Wu, Jin

2014-05-28

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Porphyrin Amphiphiles as Templates for the Nucleation of Calcium Carbonate  

E-print Network

Porphyrin Amphiphiles as Templates for the Nucleation of Calcium Carbonate Joydeep Lahiri amphiphiles.4-6 Model studies with small amphiphilic molecules at compressed Langmuir interfaces, pioneered associated with protein templates remain unknown at the molecular level. We have synthesized amphiphilic

Aksay, Ilhan A.

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A model for calcium carbonate neutralization in the presence of armoring  

E-print Network

A model for calcium carbonate neutralization in the presence of armoring L. Fusia , M. Primicerioa for the reaction between calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and a solution containing sulfuric acid (H2SO4). We assume system and where the neutralizing agent is calcium carbonate (see [3], [4], [5]). These mod- els have

Primicerio, Mario

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Precipitation of calcium carbonate and its impact on heat exchangers of cooling water systems  

Microsoft Academic Search

The solubility of calcium carbonate decreases with increasing temperature. It can therefore precipitate in cooling water systems, causing a loss of thermal efficiency. In order to be relevant to cooling water systems, the calcium carbonate precipitation was studied in an unseeded batch stirred reactor. Three crystallographic forms of calcium carbonate were observed in the experiments covering a wide range of

C. H. Kuo

1984-01-01

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CALCIUM CARBONATE DISSOLUTION RATE IN LIMESTONE CONTRACTORS  

EPA Science Inventory

The rate of carbonate mineral dissolution from limestone was studied using a rotating disk apparatus and samples of limestone of varied composition. he purpose of this study was to determine the effect of limestone composition on the kinetics of carbonate mineral dissolution. he ...

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CALCIUM CARBONATE DISSOLUTION RATE IN LIMESTONE CONTACTORS  

EPA Science Inventory

The rate of carbonate mineral dissolution from limestone was studied using a rotating disk apparatus and samples of limestone of varied composition. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of limestone composition on the kinetics of carbonate mineral dissolution. Th...

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Calcium supplements  

MedlinePLUS

... The two main forms of calcium pills are: Calcium carbonate: Over-the-counter antacid products, such as Tums and Rolaids contain calcium carbonate. These sources of calcium carbonate do not cost ...

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Sulfate in foraminiferal calcium carbonate : investigating a potential proxy for sea water carbonate ion concentration  

E-print Network

The sulfur content of planktonic and benthic foraminifera was measured in specimens recovered from deep-sea sediment cores and individuals grown in culture. A new method for measuring sulfur in foraminiferal calcium carbonate ...

Berry, Jeffrey Nicholas

1988-01-01

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CRYSTALLIZATION OF CALCIUM PHOSPHATE ORIENTED BY SELF-ASSEMBLING DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS,  

E-print Network

CRYSTALLIZATION OF CALCIUM PHOSPHATE ORIENTED BY SELF-ASSEMBLING DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS, IN SOLUTION. MINERALIZATION OF CALCIUM PHOSPHATE IN PRESENCE OF DHBC 28 B. AMPHIPHILIC POLY(ETHYLENE OXIDE)-BLOCK-POLY(VALEROLACTONE) DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS AS TEMPLATE FOR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE MINERALIZATION 30 1. SELF-ASSEMBLY IN AQUEOUS

Amrhein, Valentin

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Effects of amine, amine salt and amide on the behaviour of carbon dioxide absorption into calcium hydroxide suspension to precipitate calcium carbonate.  

PubMed

The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption and calcium ion (Ca2+) concentration besides the pH of aqueous solution were observed during the CO2 absorption to precipitate calcium carbonate (CaCO3) from calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2). A reaction rate-limiting effect of an amount of CO2 absorption without any organic additives in the early stage of the precipitation was observed, which was attributed to an interruption effect of bicarbonate ion (HCO3(-)) on the precipitation of CaCO3. The improvement for the reaction rate was achieved not only by amine additives but also by neutral additives such as epsilon-caprolactam or amine salt. When the hexamethylene diamine was dissolved in the solution, successive change of crystal forms of CaCO3 aragonite to calcite in aqueous suspensions, confirmed by Ca2+ concentration change and X-ray diffraction, was concluded that a local environment around the amine group in aqueous solution and an interaction of the diamine with precipitated CaCO3 particles were important factors for these reactions. PMID:24649684

Chuajiw, Wittaya; Nakano, Mitsuru; Takatori, Kazumasa; Kojima, Toshiya; Wakimoto, Yoshiki; Fukushima, Yoshiaki

2013-12-01

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Direct Observation of Completely Processed Calcium Carbonate Dust Particles  

SciTech Connect

This study presents, for the first time, field evidence of complete, irreversible processing of solid calcium carbonate (calcite)-containing particles and quantitative formation of liquid calcium nitrate particles apparently as a result of heterogeneous reaction of calcium carbonate-containing mineral dust particles with gaseous nitric acid. Formation of nitrates from individual calcite and sea salt particles was followed as a function of time in aerosol samples collected at Shoresh, Israel. Morphology and compositional changes of individual particles were observed using conventional scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (SEM/EDX) and computer controlled SEM/EDX. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) was utilized to determine and demonstrate the hygroscopic behavior of calcium nitrate particles found in some of the samples. Calcium nitrate particles are exceptionally hygroscopic and deliquesce even at very low relative humidity (RH) of 9 -11% which is lower than typical atmospheric environments. Transformation of non-hygroscopic dry mineral dust particles into hygroscopic wet aerosol may have substantial impacts on light scattering properties, the ability to modify clouds and heterogeneous chemistry.

Laskin, Alexander; Iedema, Martin J.; Ichkovich, Aviad; Graber, Ellen R.; Taraniuk, Ilya; Rudich, Yinon

2005-05-27

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Crystal growth of calcite from calcium bicarbonate solutions at constant PCO2 and 25??C: a test of a calcite dissolution model  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A highly reproducible seeded growth technique was used to study calcite crystallization from calcium bicarbonate solutions at 25??C and fixed carbon dioxide partial pressures between 0.03 and 0.3 atm. The results are not consistent with empirical crystallization models that have successfully described calcite growth at low PCO2 (< 10-3 atm). Good agreement was found between observed crystallization rates and those calculated from the calcite dissolution rate law and mechanism proposed by Plummer et al. (1978). ?? 1981.

Reddy, M.M.; Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.

1981-01-01

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THE ROLE OF CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTALS IN MEDICAGO TRUNCATULA DEFENSE AGAINST CHEWING INSECTS.  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Calcium oxalate crystals are the most common insoluble mineral found in plants and can appear in different sizes and shapes. Functions proposed for the crystals include roles in ion balance, tissue support, detoxification, and in light-gathering and -reflection. We use calcium oxalate defective (cod...

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Accelerated carbonation of Friedel's salt in calcium aluminate cement paste  

SciTech Connect

The stability of Friedel's salt with respect to carbonation has been studied in calcium aluminate cement (CAC) pastes containing NaCl (3% of Cl{sup -} by weight of cement). Carbonation was carried out on a powdered sample in flowing 5% CO{sub 2} gas at 65% relative humidity to accelerate the process. At an intermediate carbonation step, a part of the sample was washed and dried up to 10 cycles to simulate a dynamic leaching attack. The two processes were followed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), pH and Cl{sup -} analyses in the simulated pore solution.

Goni, S.; Guerrero, A

2003-01-01

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Crystal structure of the calcium pump of sarcoplasmic reticulum at 2.6 Aresolution  

Microsoft Academic Search

Calcium ATPase is a member of the P-type ATPases that transport ions across the membrane against a concentration gradient. Here we have solved the crystal structure of the calcium ATPase of skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum (SERCA1a) at 2.6 A ? resolution with two calcium ions bound in the transmembrane domain, which comprises ten a-helices. The two calcium ions are located

Chikashi Toyoshima; Masayoshi Nakasako; Hiromi Nomura; Haruo Ogawa

2000-01-01

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Zinc recovery from spent ZnO catalyst by carbon in the presence of calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Zinc recovery from the spent zinc oxide catalyst by carbon in the presence of calcium carbonate was studied using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), an atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS), and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The spent zinc oxide catalyst was determined to be composed of 87.5 wt pct zinc oxide and 3.1 wt pct zinc sulfide. The results of X-ray diffractometry revealed that calcium carbonate decomposed to calcium oxide and carbon dioxide; zinc oxide and zinc sulfide were reduced to zinc vapor and carbon monoxide evolving from solid sample; and sulfur content was scavenged as calcium sulfide remained in the solid. Steps involved in this reaction system were summarized to explain the overall reaction. The experimental results of atomic absorption spectrometry showed that the initial rate of zinc recovery and final zinc recovery can be increased by increasing either the sample height, the reaction temperature or the initial bulk density. Furthermore, they were found to increase with decrease in either the argon flow rate, the molar ratio of Zntotal/C, the molar ratio of Zntotal/CaCO3, the grain size of the spent catalyst, the agglomerate size of carbon, or the agglomerate size of calcium carbonate. Empirical expressions of the initial rate of zinc recovery and final zinc recovery have been determined.

Hsu, Hua-Ching; Lin, Chun-I.; Chen, Hsi-Kuei

2004-02-01

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CALCULATING THE PH OF CALCIUM CARBONATE SATURATION  

EPA Science Inventory

Two new expressions for the pH of saturation (pH subs) were derived. One is a simplified equation developed from an aqueous carbonate equilibrium system in which correction for ionic strength was considered. The other is a more accurate quadratic formula that involves computerize...

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Effect of indigenous plant extracts on calcium oxalate crystallization having a role in urolithiasis.  

PubMed

Crystallization process has a major role in urolithiasis. In the present study, effect of two indigenous plants extracts namely Boerhavia diffusa and Bryophyllum pinnatum extract was determined on the crystallization of calcium oxalate crystals. Effect on the number, size and type of calcium oxalate crystals was observed. Results showed significant activity of both extracts against calcium oxalate crystallization at different concentrations (P < 0.05). Size of the crystals gradually reduced with the increasing concentration of both extracts. The number of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals which are injurious to epithelial cells gradually reduced and at the highest concentration of extracts (100 mg/ml) completely disappeared (P < 0.05). These results confirm that B. diffusa and B. pinnatum extracts have antiurolithic activity and have the ability to reduce crystal size as well as to promote the formation of calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD) crystals rather than monohydrate (COM) crystals. Control of crystal size and formation of COD rather than COM crystals, in combination with the diuretic action of extracts is an important way to control urolithiasis. PMID:21643743

Yasir, Fauzia; Waqar, Muhammad A

2011-10-01

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Elemental bio-imaging of calcium phosphate crystal deposits in knee samples from arthritic patients  

PubMed Central

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA ICP-MS) was employed to image deposits of calcium phosphate based crystals in knee cartilage and synovial fluid from arthritic patients. A reaction/collision cell containing hydrogen minimised plasma interferences on calcium and also improved the image quality without significant sensitivity reduction. Areas of high calcium and phosphorus intensities consistent with crystal deposits were observed for both the cartilage and synovial fluid samples. These areas were also characterised by high magnesium and strontium intensities. Distribution patterns of other elements such as copper and sulfur did not correlate with the crystal deposits. Filtered and non-filtered solutions of calcium phosphate crystals grown in synthetic synovial fluid were also imaged as further evidence of crystal deposits. The crystal deposits were detected in the unfiltered solution, and were absent from the filtered solutions. PMID:21305107

Austin, Christine; Hare, Dominic; Rozelle, Andrew L.; Robinson, William H.; Grimm, Rudolf

2012-01-01

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Textural properties of synthetic nano-calcite produced by hydrothermal carbonation of calcium hydroxide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The hydrothermal carbonation of calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH) 2) at high pressure of CO 2 (initial P=55 bar) and moderate to high temperature (30 and 90 °C) was used to synthesize fine particles of calcite. This method allows a high carbonation efficiency (about 95% of Ca(OH) 2-CaCO 3 conversion), a significant production rate (48 kg/m 3 h) and high purity of product (about 96%). However, the various initial physicochemical conditions have a strong influence on the crystal size and surface area of the synthesized calcite crystals. The present study is focused on the estimation of the textural properties of synthesized calcite (morphology, specific surface area, average particle size, particle size distribution and particle size evolution with reaction time), using Rietveld refinements of X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations. This study demonstrate that the pressure, the temperature and the dissolved quantity of CO 2 have a significant effect on the average particle size, specific surface area, initial rate of precipitation, and on the morphology of calcium carbonate crystals. In contrast, these PT x conditions used herein have an insignificant effect on the carbonation efficiency of Ca(OH) 2. Finally, the results presented here demonstrate that nano-calcite crystals with high specific surface area ( SBET=6-10 m 2/g) can be produced, with a high potential for industrial applications such as adsorbents and/or filler in papermaking industry.

Montes-Hernandez, G.; Fernández-Martínez, A.; Charlet, L.; Tisserand, D.; Renard, F.

2008-05-01

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Dissolution kinetics of calcium carbonate in equatorial Pacific sediments  

Microsoft Academic Search

Benthic chambers were deployed in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean on a transect along the equator between 103°W and 140°W and on a transect across the equator at 140°W in order to establish the rate of calcium carbonate dissolution on the seafloor. Dissolution was determined from the rate of alkalinity increase within an incubation chamber, measured over an 80–120 hour

William M. Berelson; Douglas E. Hammond; James McManus; Tammy E. Kilgore

1994-01-01

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Dissolution kinetics of calcium carbonate in equatorial Pacific sediments  

Microsoft Academic Search

Benthic chambers were deployed in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean on a transect along the equator between 103°W and 140°W and on a transect across the equator at 140°W in order to establish the rate of calcium carbonate dissolution on the seafloor. Dissolution was determined from the rate of alkalinity increase within an incubation chamber, measured over an 80-120 hour

William M. Berelson; Douglas E. Hammond; James McManus; Tammy E. Kilgore

1994-01-01

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Use of polymeric compatibilizers in polypropylene\\/calcium carbonate composites  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effects of compatibilizing agents on the mechanical properties, viscoelastic properties, and morphology of polypropylene\\u000a filled with calcium carbonate composites are investigated. It is found that the use of PP-g-MA and PP-g-AA significantly increases\\u000a the tensile strength and improves particle dispersion and interfacial adhesion. The higher effect of compatibilization is\\u000a obtained by using PP-g-MA as a compatibilizer. The results on

J. David Tucker; Patricia L. Lear; Gregory S. Atkinson; Sunggyu Lee; Seung Jong Lee

2000-01-01

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Compactibility of agglomerated mixtures of calcium carbonate and microcrystalline cellulose.  

PubMed

The tablet tensile strength (T) of agglomerated mixtures of microcrystalline cellulose-Avicel PH 102 (MC), calcium carbonate (CC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (Povidone, PVP), lubricated with magnesium stearate (MS), and formed under a compaction pressure (P(c)) ranging up to 618MPa has been determined. The compactibility was defined through: ln(-ln(1-T/T(max)))=Slope x lnP(c)+Intercept. MC/CC mixtures added of an agglutinant, before and after lubrication, show an important positive effect on their tablet tensile strength compared to a lineal relationship. This positive effect becomes smaller with decreasing compaction pressures. By different mixing methods, the higher the mixing efficiency the higher the compactibility, following the order: spray-dried>wet massing>tumble mixing. The compactibility of MC/CC/PVP spray-dried mixtures with calcium carbonate content from 20 to 60% was equal to or greater than that of pure microcrystalline cellulose. After lubrication with 2% MS the compactibility decreased, only the mixture with the maximal tablet tensile strength attained the tensile strength of pure microcrystalline cellulose. The presence of the binder, the lubricant and higher compaction pressures allow the accommodation of higher calcium carbonate proportions in the mixtures, at the maximal tablet tensile strength of the series. The lubricant decreases in a greater extent the compactibility of mixtures with a continuous phase of MC/PVP than that of CC/PVP. This is attributed to the plastic behavior of the MC/PVP continuous phase compared to a calcium carbonate continuous phase able to disrupt the Povidone and the possible lubricant coatings allowing a stronger interparticle interaction. PMID:12753762

Garzón Serra, María de Lourdes; Villafuerte Robles, Leopoldo

2003-06-01

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Study of Shear and Compression Waves in Shocked Calcium Carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

In-material transverse and longitudinal particle velocity histories were measured in Carrara marble (polycrystalline calcium carbonate) under combined compression-shear, plate impact loading to peak levels between 0.5 GPa and 5 GPa (0.8% to 11% density compression). To accurately time -correlate the shear and compression waves, a method was implemented to simultaneously measure individual particle velocity components in a single experiment. The

John Bahram Aidun

1989-01-01

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Self-generated diffusioosmotic flows from calcium carbonate micropumps.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate particles, ubiquitous in nature and found extensively in geological formations, behave as micropumps in an unsaturated aqueous solution. The mechanism causing this pumping is diffusioosmosis, which drives flows along charged surfaces. Our calcium carbonate microparticles, roughly ?10 ?m in size, self-generate ionic gradients as they dissolve in water to produce Ca(2+), HCO(3)(-), and OH(-) ions that migrate into the bulk. Because of the different diffusion coefficients of these ions, spontaneous electric fields of roughly 1-10 V/cm arise in order to maintain electroneutrality in the solution. This electric field drives the diffusiophoresis of charged tracers (both positive and negative) as well as diffusioosmotic flows along charged substrates. Here we show experimentally how the directionality and speed of the tracers can be engineered by manipulating the tracer zeta potential, the salt gradients, and the substrate zeta potential. Furthermore, because the salt gradients are self-generated, here by the dissolution of solid calcium carbonate microparticles another manipulated variable is the placement of these particles. Importantly, we find that the zeta potentials on surfaces vary with both time and location because of the adsorption or desorption of Ca(2+) ions; this change affects the flows significantly. PMID:23072458

McDermott, Joseph J; Kar, Abhishek; Daher, Majd; Klara, Steve; Wang, Gary; Sen, Ayusman; Velegol, Darrell

2012-11-01

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Fractional absorption of active absorbable algal calcium (AAACa) and calcium carbonate measured by a dual stable-isotope method  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

With the use of stable isotopes, this study aimed to compare the bioavailability of active absorbable algal calcium (AAACa), obtained from oyster shell powder heated to a high temperature, with an additional heated seaweed component (Heated Algal Ingredient, HAI), with that of calcium carbonate. In ...

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Application of pulsed spark discharge for calcium carbonate precipitation in hard water.  

PubMed

The effect of underwater pulsed spark discharge on the precipitation of dissolved calcium ions was investigated in the present study. Water samples with different calcium hardness were prepared by continuous evaporation of tap water using a laboratory cooling tower. It was shown that the concentration of calcium ions dropped by 20-26% after 10-min plasma treatment, comparing with no drop for untreated cases. A laser particle counting method demonstrated that the total number of solid particles suspended in water increased by over 100% after the plasma treatment. The morphology and the crystal form of the particles were identified by both scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Calcite with rhombohedron morphology was observed for plasma treated cases, comparing with the round structure observed for no-treatment cases. It was hypothesized that the main mechanisms for the plasma-assisted calcium carbonate precipitation might include electrolysis, local heating in the vicinity of plasma channel and a high electric field at the tip of plasma streamers, inducing structural changes in the electric double layer of hydrated ions. PMID:20494397

Yang, Yong; Kim, Hyoungsup; Starikovskiy, Andrey; Fridman, Alexander; Cho, Young I

2010-06-01

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A comparative study of calcium absorption following a single serving administration of calcium carbonate powder versus calcium citrate tablets in healthy premenopausal women  

PubMed Central

Background Calcium is an essential mineral often taken as a daily, long-term nutritional supplement. Data suggests that once-daily dosing is important with regard to long-term compliance of both drugs and nutritional supplements. Objective This study was undertaken to compare the bioavailability of a single serving of two calcium supplements in healthy, premenopausal women. Design A two-period, crossover bioavailability study of a single serving of calcium citrate tablets (two tablets=500 mg calcium) versus a single serving of calcium carbonate powder (one packet of powder=1,000 mg calcium) was performed in healthy women aged between 25 and 45. All subjects were on a calcium-restricted diet 7 days prior to testing and fasted for 12 h before being evaluated at 0, 1, 2, and 4 h after oral administration of the test agents. Blood measurements for total and ionized calcium and parathyroid hormone were performed and adverse events were monitored. Results Twenty-three women were evaluable with a mean age of 33.2±8.71. Results showed that administration of a single serving of a calcium carbonate powder resulted in greater absorption in total and ionized calcium versus a single serving of calcium citrate tablets at 4 h (4.25±0.21 vs. 4.16±0.16, p=0.001). There were minimal side effects and no reported serious adverse events. Conclusions This study shows that a single serving of a calcium carbonate powder is more bioavailable than a single serving of calcium citrate tablets. This may be beneficial for long-term compliance. PMID:24772062

Wang, Haiyuan; Bua, Peter; Capodice, Jillian

2014-01-01

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Study of Shear and Compression Waves in Shocked Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In-material transverse and longitudinal particle velocity histories were measured in Carrara marble (polycrystalline calcium carbonate) under combined compression-shear, plate impact loading to peak levels between 0.5 GPa and 5 GPa (0.8% to 11% density compression). To accurately time -correlate the shear and compression waves, a method was implemented to simultaneously measure individual particle velocity components in a single experiment. The shear waves were dispersive. They had significant amplitudes over the entire range investigated, suggesting the marble retains strength up to 5 GPa. The longitudinal waves had an unsteady and complex structure, including a rarefaction shock, suggesting the occurrence of phase transformations and yielding. Shear, compression, and longitudinal release wave speeds were determined from the measured histories. Longitudinal stress and density were calculated from the measured histories using a surface fitting method to analyze non-self-similar waves. The shear and bulk moduli in the shocked marble were determined from the measured wave speeds and calculated peak densities. The locus of peak longitudinal stress-density states is offset substantially above the hydrostat for single crystal calcite except at the highest peak stress, suggesting shock and hydrostatic loading might produce the same phases above 4.5 GPa. The shear wave speeds in the shocked marble exhibit a decrease associated with the calcite-CaCO_3 (II) transformation, in agreement with hydrostatic data. The shear wave speed increases with further compression. The longitudinal wave speeds agree well with hydrostatic data to 9% compression, where the latter end. The bulk modulus values agree reasonably well with hydrostatic data up to 9% compression. At 11% compression, the shock datum falls substantially below the hydrostatic data. This result demonstrates that it is inappropriate to infer production of CaCO_3(III) from the comparison of longitudinal stress-density states with the hydrostat. It further suggests that partial transformation occurs from CaCO_3(II) to a phase other than CaCO_3(III). Because the measured wave speeds provide frozen phase-composition bulk modulus values, the peak mean stress is not obtained from the integral of the experimentally -determined bulk modulus values. A process of transformation-enhanced plasticity, observed under hydrostatic loading, is suggested to contribute to the features in the compression waves.

Aidun, John Bahram

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Electrospinning of calcium carbonate fibers and their conversion to nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) fibers were prepared by electrospinning followed by annealing. Solutions consisting of calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (Ca(NO3)2·4H2O) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) dissolved in ethanol or 2-methoxyethanol were used for the fiber preparation. By varying the precursor concentrations in the electrospinning solutions CaCO3 fibers with average diameters from 140 to 290nm were obtained. After calcination the fibers were identified as calcite by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The calcination process was studied in detail with high temperature X-ray diffraction (HTXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The initially weak fiber-to-substrate adhesion was improved by adding a strengthening CaCO3 layer by spin or dip coating Ca(NO3)2/PVP precursor solution on the CaCO3 fibers followed by annealing of the gel formed inside the fiber layer. The CaCO3 fibers were converted to nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) fibers by treatment in a dilute phosphate solution. The resulting hydroxyapatite had a plate-like crystal structure with resemblance to bone mineral. The calcium carbonate and hydroxyapatite fibers are interesting materials for bone scaffolds and bioactive coatings. PMID:25491852

Holopainen, Jani; Santala, Eero; Heikkilä, Mikko; Ritala, Mikko

2014-12-01

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Characterization of bacteria isolated from palaeoproterozoic metasediments for sequestration of carbon dioxide and formation of calcium carbonate.  

PubMed

Bacterial community of palaeoproterozoic metasediments was enriched in the chemostat in the presence of different concentrations of NaHCO3. Six bacterial isolates were isolated from the chemostat on nutrient agar plates on the basis of distinct morphology. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) proved the presence of six operational taxonomic units (OTUs) at 50 and 100 mM NaHCO3. The OTU was reduced to three and one at enrichment concentration of 150 and 200 mM NaHCO3 respectively. These six isolates were tested for sequestration of carbon dioxide by (14)C metabolic labeling of NaH(14)CO3. Among the six isolates, one of the bacterium showed better potency to fix radiolabeled NaH(14)CO3. The isolate (ISTD04) was identified as Serratia sp. by 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) sequence analysis and was found to be same as the DGGE OTU sequence at 200-mM NaHCO3 concentration. The bacterium was tested for product formation in form of calcite crystals in presence of 5 % CO2. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of product formed by the bacterium revealed defined faceted rhombohedral structure which resembled calcite and vaterite phases of the crystal. Formation of calcium carbonate crystals was further confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as carbonate group showing strong vibration at 1,456 cm(-1). Major calcite phase diffraction peaks were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis showed the presence of CaO (72 %) and carbon (18 %). Bacterium use bicarbonate as carbon source for their growth as well as by-product formation in form of calcite shows carbon circulation and storage. PMID:25163561

Srivastava, Shaili; Bharti, Randhir K; Thakur, Indu Shekhar

2015-01-01

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Precipitation of calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate under diffusion controlled mixing  

SciTech Connect

Multi-component mineral precipitation in porous, subsurface environments is challenging to simulate or engineer when in situ reactant mixing is controlled by diffusion. In contrast to well-mixed systems, the conditions that favor mineral precipitation in porous media are distributed along chemical gradients, which evolve spatially due to concurrent mineral precipitation and modification of solute transport in the media. The resulting physical and chemical characteristics of a mixing/precipitation zone are a consequence of coupling between transport and chemical processes, and the distinctive properties of individual chemical systems. We examined the spatial distribution of precipitates formed in “double diffusion” columns for two chemical systems, calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. Polyacrylamide hydrogel was used as a low permeability, high porosity medium to maximize diffusive mixing and minimize pressure- and density-driven flow between reactant solutions. In the calcium phosphate system, multiple, visually dense and narrow bands of precipitates were observed that were reminiscent of previously reported Liesegang patterns. In the calcium carbonate system, wider precipitation zones characterized by more sparse distributions of precipitates and a more open channel structure were observed. In both cases, formation of precipitates inhibited, but did not necessarily eliminate, continued transport and mixing of the reactants. A reactive transport model with fully implicit coupling between diffusion, chemical speciation and precipitation kinetics, but where explicit details of nucleation processes were neglected, was able to qualitatively simulate properties of the precipitation zones. The results help to illustrate how changes in the physical properties of a precipitation zone depend on coupling between diffusion-controlled reactant mixing and chemistry-specific details of precipitation kinetics.

Tsigabu Gebrehiwet; James R. Henriksen; Luanjing Guo; Don T. Fox; Hai Huang; Lee Tu; Yoshiko Fujita; Robert W. Smith; George Redden

2014-07-01

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Transglutaminase-induced crosslinking of gelatin-calcium carbonate composite films.  

PubMed

The effects of transglutaminase (TGase) on the rheological profiles and interactions of gelatin-calcium carbonate solutions were studied. In addition, mechanical properties, water vapour permeability and microstructures of gelatin-calcium carbonate films were also investigated and compared. Fluorescence data suggested that the interaction of TGase and gelation-calcium carbonate belonged to a static quenching mechanism, and merely one binding site between TGase and gelatin-calcium carbonate was identified. Moreover, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), the mechanical properties and the water vapour permeability studies revealed that TGase favoured the strong intramolecular polymerisation of the peptides in gelatin. The microstructures of the surfaces and cross sections in gelatin-calcium carbonate films were shown by scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs. The results of the fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) indicated that TGase caused conformational changes in the proteins films. Therefore, TGase successfully facilitated the formation of gelatin-calcium carbonate composite films. PMID:25053075

Wang, Yuemeng; Liu, Anjun; Ye, Ran; Wang, Wenhang; Li, Xin

2015-01-01

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Arthritis associated with calcium oxalate crystals in an anephric patient treated with peritoneal dialysis  

SciTech Connect

The authors report a case of calcium oxalate arthropathy in a woman undergoing intermittent peritoneal dialysis who was not receiving pharmacologic doses of ascorbic acid. She developed acute arthritis, with calcium oxalate crystals in Heberden's and Bouchard's nodes, a phenomenon previously described in gout. Intermittent peritoneal dialysis may be less efficient than hemodialysis in clearing oxalate, and physicians should now consider calcium oxalate-associated arthritis in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis who are not receiving large doses of ascorbic acid.

Rosenthal, A.; Ryan, L.M.; McCarty, D.J.

1988-09-02

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Multi-Functions of Carbonated Calcium Deficient Hydroxyapatite (CDHA)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Natural bone is a complex composite mainly constituted of inorganic minerals and organic collagen molecules. Calcium phosphate (CaP) based materials have been proposed as the predominant bone substitute for bone tissue engineering applications due to their chemical similarity to bone mineral. Amorphous carbonated calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) is an important compound among CaP materials because of the amorphous crystallite structure. The presence of extra ions in its lattice structure not only influences cell attachment and proliferation of osteoblasts, but also helps in bone metabolism. Biomimetic coating approach is the most widely used approach to produce CDHA coatings to implant. It is a process using simulated body fluid (SBF) to deposit bone-like CDHA coating to various material surfaces. The CDHA formation mechanism, SBF compositions and reacting conditions of biomimetic coating have already been sufficiently studied and compared in the past 20 years. It is an attempt in this thesis to explore new applications of SBF in biomedical research, focusing on different biomaterial applications: 1) based on the low temperature reaction condition of SBF, bisphosphonate incorporated CDHA coatings were deposited onto Ti6Al4V surface for the treatment of osteoporosis; 2) amorphous calcium phosphate nanospheres with extra elements in the lattice structure were prepared by a novel microwave assisted approach, providing a new potential of CaP materials production; 3) CDHA particles formed in SBF can be used as great fillers with biopolymers for preparing biocomposites for biomedical applications; 4) based on the high activity of CDHA amorphous structure and the stabilization ability of ethanol, yttrium and europium doped calcium phosphates were prepared using CDHA as a sacrificing template. In the end, future work based on these observations in the thesis is addressed, including areas of drug delivery, biocomposite fabrication and preparation of functionalized calcium phosphate materials.

Zhou, Huan

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Evaluation of cellular influences caused by calcium carbonate nanoparticles.  

PubMed

The cellular effects of calcium carbonate (CaCO?) nanoparticles were evaluated. Three kinds of CaCO? nanoparticles were employed in our examinations. One of the types of CaCO? nanoparticles was highly soluble. And solubility of another type of CaCO? nanoparticle was lower. A stable CaCO? nanoparticle medium dispersion was prepared and applied to human lung carcinoma A549 cells and human keratinocyte HaCaT cells. Then, mitochondrial activity, cell membrane damage, colony formation ability, DNA injury, induction of oxidative stress, and apoptosis were evaluated. Although the influences of CaCO? nanoparticles on mitochondrial activity and cell membrane damage were small, "soluble" CaCO? nanoparticles exerted some cellular influences. Soluble CaCO? nanoparticles also induced a cell morphological change. Colony formation was inhibited by CaCO? nanoparticle exposure. In particular, soluble CaCO? nanoparticles completely inhibited colony formation. The influence on intracellular the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level was small. Soluble CaCO? nanoparticles caused an increase in C/EBP-homologous protein (CHOP) expression and the activation of caspase-3. Moreover, CaCO? exposure increased intracellular the Ca²? level and activated calpain. These results suggest that cellular the influences of CaCO? nanoparticles are mainly caused by intracellular calcium release and subsequently disrupt the effect of calcium signaling. In conclusion, there is possibility that soluble CaCO? nanoparticles induce cellular influences such as a cell morphological change. Cellular influence of CaCO? nanoparticles is caused by intracellular calcium release. If inhaled CaCO? nanoparticles have the potential to influence cellular events. However, the effect might be not severe because calcium is omnipresent element in cell. PMID:24412303

Horie, Masanori; Nishio, Keiko; Kato, Haruhisa; Endoh, Shigehisa; Fujita, Katsuhide; Nakamura, Ayako; Kinugasa, Shinichi; Hagihara, Yoshihisa; Yoshida, Yasukazu; Iwahashi, Hitoshi

2014-03-01

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ISOLATED MEDICAGO TRUNCATULA MUTANTS WITH INCREASED CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTAL ACCUMULATION HAVE DECREASED ASCORBIC ACID LEVELS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

The mechanisms controlling oxalate biosynthesis and calcium oxalate formation in plants remains largely unknown. As an initial step toward gaining insight into these regulatory mechanisms we initiated a mutant screen to identify plants that over-accumulate crystals of calcium oxalate. Four new mut...

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Inhibition of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystal growth using Algerian medicinal plants  

Microsoft Academic Search

A large number of people in this world are suffering from urinary stone problem. Calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD) containing stones (calculi) are commonly found. In the present study, COM crystals were grown by artificial urine is prepared by mixing and stirring two equal volumes of solutions A and B. A screening of plant extracts from

M. Beghalia; S. Ghalem; H. Allali; A. Belouatek; A. Marouf

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ADVANCES IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTAL FORMATION AND FUNCTION IN PLANTS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Calcium oxalate crystal formation in plants appears to play a central role in a variety of important functions, including tissue calcium regulation, protection from herbivory, and metal detoxification. Evidence is mounting to support ascorbic acid as the primary precursor to oxalate biosynthesis. ...

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Influence of polyvinylpyrrolidone on the precipitation of calcium carbonate and on the transformation of vaterite to calcite  

Microsoft Academic Search

The precipitation process of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the absence and presence of poly (N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy methods at room temperature. The results indicate that PVP does not affect the polymorphy, but has influence on their morphology and size of CaCO3 crystals. With the addition of PVP,

Hao Wei; Qiang Shen; Ying Zhao; Du-Jin Wang; Duan-Fu Xu

2003-01-01

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Aspects of calcium oxalate crystallization: theory, in vitro studies, and in vivo implementation.  

PubMed

There are three main approaches to urolithiasis research: theory, basic science, and clinical implementation. Although each approach has yielded meaningful results, there does not appear to be complete synergy between them. This article examines these approaches as they pertain to urinary calcium oxalate crystallization processes. Theoretical calculations were performed to examine the role of oxalate concentration on calcium oxalate supersaturation. The effects of magnesium, citrate, and combinations thereof on calcium oxalate crystallization kinetics were examined in a mixed suspension, mixed product removal crystallizer. Finally, male volunteers were given supplements of calcium alone and binary combinations of calcium, magnesium, and citrate to investigate their effects on the urinary supersaturation of calcium oxalate. Calculations showed that oxalate is 23 times more potent than calcium in its effect on the supersaturation of calcium oxalate. In the in vitro experiments, magnesium and citrate reduced the growth and nucleation kinetics as well as the supersaturation. In combination, these two components were more effective than the individual components in reducing the growth rate and the supersaturation. All of the supplements favorably altered the kinetic and thermodynamic risk factors. Calcium was the most effective in reducing the urinary excretion of oxalate. Articulation of these three approaches is essential for the meaningful investigation and understanding of urolithiasis. PMID:10541262

Rodgers, A

1999-11-01

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Calcium carbonate precipitation in cyanobacterial mats from sandy tidal flats of the North Sea.  

PubMed

Precipitated calcium carbonate was found in annual cyanobacterial mats developing on the beaches of the North Sea barrier island Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands). A variety of different calcium carbonate morphs were found in the cyanobacterial mucous secretions and identified by light- and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Most of the calcium carbonate seemed to be associated with degrading extracellular polymer. It is conceived that supersaturation of calcium carbonate resulted from the periodic evaporation of the mats and from the release of calcium from the cyanobacterial mucous as a result of its degradation. The analysis of the carbon stable isotopic composition of the calcium carbonate showed only a slight depletion of (13)C, indicating that it did not in major part originated from the decomposition of organic matter. The delta(18)O values of the calcium carbonate confirmed the temperature differences between spring and summer but excluded the possibility that excessive evaporative events controlled precipitation. The precipitation of calcium carbonate could represent a potential factor enhancing the stabilization of intertidal siliciclastic sediments through cementing the sand. The discovery of massive calcium carbonate precipitation in these cyanobacterial mats was unexpected and hitherto unknown. PMID:18380885

Kremer, B; Kazmierczak, J; Stal, L J

2008-01-01

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Study of inhibition mechanisms of glycosaminoglycans on calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals by atomic force microscopy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was applied to the (-101) faces of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystals grown from calcium\\u000a oxalate (CaOx) solutions. Microstructures of many spiral hillocks with step height of 1?nm were observed on the faces. Then\\u000a using AFM in situ, we analysed the re-growth process of the spiral steps on the face of COM seed-crystals in CaOx growth

Y. Shirane; Y. Kurokawa; S. Miyashita; H. Komatsu; S. Kagawa

1999-01-01

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Study of relation between crystal structure and laser damage of calcium flouride  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The artificially grown calcium fluoride is one of key materials for microlithography and used for excimer laser optics etc. Such calcium fluoride is required high laser durability and laser induced bulk damage threshold (LIDT). However, the artificially grown calcium fluoride is not a complete crystal, and there are a lot of sub-grain boundaries inside the crystal that have the possibility of causing degradation of laser durability and LIDT. Moreover, mechanical properties of calcium fluoride are different according to the crystal axis, therefore there is a possibility that mechanical properties influences LIDT. In this study, we examined the relation between crystal structure and LIDT. First, we examined the relation between the crystal axis and LITD of single crystal calcium fruoride. The relation between the crystallographic axis and LIDT that the laser enters was examined. The ArF excimer laser and the fifth high harmonic of the Nd:YAG laser at 213nm were used for the irradiation source of light. We prepared samples that optical axes were <111>, <110> and <001> from the same crystal. From the result of this examination, when the laser irradiated in <111> axis, LIDT was the highest. Next, we observed the damage with polarizing microscope and optical microscope. The result of this observation suggested that the laser damage of calcium fluoride was related to the crystal orientation. Finally, we investigated the damage mechanism of calcium fluoride. It is thought that the laser irradiation induced stress is relaxed most easily when the optical axis is <111>. Therefore, LIDT of calcium fluoride is supposed to be highest when the optical axis is <111>.

Azumi, Minako; Nakahata, Eiichiro

2010-11-01

155

In vitro effect of lemon and orange juices on calcium oxalate crystallization  

Microsoft Academic Search

Aim  In recent years significant progress has been made in identifying and quantitating physico-chemical processes involved in\\u000a urinary stone formation. The ability of urine to inhibit calcium oxalate crystallization is an important mechanism against\\u000a stone formation. Dietary factors appear to affect the ability of urine to inhibit calcium oxalate crystallization. These factors\\u000a encouraged us to study the effects of lemon and

Sevsen Kulaks?zo?lu; Mustafa Sofikerim; Cemal Çevik

2008-01-01

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Increased calcium absorption from synthetic stable amorphous calcium carbonate: double-blind randomized crossover clinical trial in postmenopausal women.  

PubMed

Calcium supplementation is a widely recognized strategy for achieving adequate calcium intake. We designed this blinded, randomized, crossover interventional trial to compare the bioavailability of a new stable synthetic amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) with that of crystalline calcium carbonate (CCC) using the dual stable isotope technique. The study was conducted in the Unit of Clinical Nutrition, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel. The study population included 15 early postmenopausal women aged 54.9 ± 2.8 (mean ± SD) years with no history of major medical illness or metabolic bone disorder, excess calcium intake, or vitamin D deficiency. Standardized breakfast was followed by randomly provided CCC or ACC capsules containing 192 mg elemental calcium labeled with 44Ca at intervals of at least 3 weeks. After swallowing the capsules, intravenous CaCl2 labeled with 42Ca on was administered on each occasion. Fractional calcium absorption (FCA) of ACC and CCC was calculated from the 24-hour urine collection following calcium administration. The results indicated that FCA of ACC was doubled (± 0.96 SD) on average compared to that of CCC (p < 0.02). The higher absorption of the synthetic stable ACC may serve as a more efficacious way of calcium supplementation. PMID:24753014

Vaisman, Nachum; Shaltiel, Galit; Daniely, Michal; Meiron, Oren E; Shechter, Assaf; Abrams, Steven A; Niv, Eva; Shapira, Yami; Sagi, Amir

2014-10-01

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Spectral features of biogenic calcium carbonates and implications for astrobiology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The ability to discriminate biogenic from abiogenic calcium carbonate (CaCO3) would be useful in the search for extant or extinct life, since CaCO3 can be produced by both biotic and abiotic processes on Earth. Bioprecipitated CaCO3 material was produced during the growth of heterotrophic microbial isolates on medium enriched with calcium acetate or calcium citrate. These biologically produced CaCO3, along with natural and synthetic non-biologically produced CaCO3 samples, were analysed by reflectance spectroscopy (0.35-2.5 ?m), Raman spectroscopy (532 and 785 nm), and laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (365 and 405 nm excitation). Optimal instruments for the discrimination of biogenic from abiogenic CaCO3 were determined to be reflectance spectroscopy, and laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. Multiple absorption features in the visible light region occurred in reflectance spectra for most biogenic CaCO3 samples, which are likely due to organic pigments. Multiple fluorescence peaks occurred in emission spectra (405 nm excitation) of biogenic CaCO3 samples, which also are best attributed to the presence of organic compounds; however, further analyses must be performed in order to better determine the cause of these features to establish criteria for confirming the origin of a given CaCO3 sample. Raman spectroscopy was not useful for discrimination since any potential Raman peaks in spectra of biogenic carbonates collected by both the 532 and 785 nm lasers were overwhelmed by fluorescence. However, this also suggests that biogenic carbonates may be identified by the presence of this organic-associated fluorescence. No reliable spectroscopic differences in terms of parameters such as positions or widths of carbonate-associated absorption bands were found between the biogenic and abiogenic carbonate samples. These results indicate that the presence or absence of organic matter intimately associated with carbonate minerals is the only potentially useful spectral discriminator for the techniques that were examined, and that multiple spectroscopic techniques are capable of detecting the presence of associated organic materials. However, the presence or absence of intimately associated organic matter is not, in itself, an indicator of biogenicity.

Berg, B. L.; Ronholm, J.; Applin, D. M.; Mann, P.; Izawa, M.; Cloutis, E. A.; Whyte, L. G.

2014-09-01

158

The influence of kinetics on the oxygen isotope composition of calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Paleotemperature reconstructions rely on knowledge of the equilibrium separation of oxygen isotopes between aqueous solution and calcium carbonate. Although oxygen isotope separation is expected on theoretical grounds, the temperature-dependence remains uncertain because other factors, such as slow exchange of isotopes between dissolved CO2-species and water, can obscure the temperature signal. This is problematic for crystal growth experiments on laboratory timescales and for interpreting the oxygen isotope composition of crystals formed in natural settings. We present results from experiments in which inorganic calcite is precipitated in the presence of 0.25 ?M dissolved bovine carbonic anhydrase (CA). The presence of dissolved CA accelerates oxygen isotope equilibration between the dissolved carbon species CO2, H2CO3, HCO3-, CO32- and water, thereby eliminating this source of isotopic disequilibrium during calcite growth. The experimental results allow us to isolate, for the first time, kinetic oxygen isotope effects occurring at the calcite-water interface. We present a framework of ion-by-ion growth of calcite that reconciles our new measurements with measurements of natural cave calcites that are the best candidate for having precipitated under near-equilibrium conditions. Our findings suggest that isotopic equilibrium between calcite and water is unlikely to have been established in laboratory experiments or in many natural settings. The use of CA in carbonate precipitation experiments offers new opportunities to refine oxygen isotope-based geothermometers and to interrogate environmental variables other than temperature that influence calcite growth rates.

Watkins, James M.; Nielsen, Laura C.; Ryerson, Frederick J.; DePaolo, Donald J.

2013-08-01

159

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2003-04-15

160

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry

2004-04-26

161

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHAPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V. J.Fabry

2004-01-30

162

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2002-12-15

163

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2001-12-15

164

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2002-07-09

165

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry

2001-07-01

166

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2001-09-10

167

CALCIUM CARBONATE PRODUCTION BY COCCOLITHOPHORID ALGAE IN LONG TERM, CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION  

SciTech Connect

Predictions of increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and the specter of global warming have intensified research efforts to identify ways to sequester carbon. A number of novel avenues of research are being considered, including bioprocessing methods to promote and accelerate biosequestration of CO{sub 2} from the environment through the growth of organisms such as coccolithophorids, which are capable of sequestering CO{sub 2} relatively permanently. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are currently the only proven, long-term storage reservoirs for carbon. Whereas organic carbon is readily oxidized and releases CO{sub 2} through microbial decomposition on land and in the sea, carbonates can sequester carbon over geologic time scales. This proposal investigates the use of coccolithophorids--single-celled, marine algae that are the major global producers of calcium carbonate--to sequester CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants. Cultivation of coccolithophorids for calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) precipitation is environmentally benign and results in a stable product with potential commercial value. Because this method of carbon sequestration does not impact natural ecosystem dynamics, it avoids controversial issues of public acceptability and legality associated with other options such as direct injection of CO{sub 2} into the sea and ocean fertilization. Consequently, cultivation of coccolithophorids could be carried out immediately and the amount of carbon sequestered as CaCO{sub 3} could be readily quantified. The significant advantages of this approach warrant its serious investigation. The major goals of the proposed research are to identify the growth conditions that will result in the maximum amount of CO{sub 2} sequestration through coccolithophorid calcite production and to evaluate the costs/benefits of using coccolithophorid cultivation ponds to abate CO{sub 2} emissions from power plants.

V.J. Fabry, Ph.D.

2003-07-15

168

A multicenter study on the effects of lanthanum carbonate (Fosrenol™) and calcium carbonate on renal bone disease in dialysis patients  

Microsoft Academic Search

A multicenter study on the affects of lanthanum carbonate (Fosrenol™) and calcium carbonate on renal bone disease in dialysis patients.BackgroundLanthanum carbonate (LC) (Fosrenol™) is a novel new treatment for hyperphosphatemia. In this phase III, open-label study, we compared the effects of LC and calcium carbonate (CC) on the evolution of renal osteodystrophy (ROD) in dialysis patients.MethodsNinety-eight patients were randomized to

Patrick C. D'Haese; Goce B. Spasovski; Aleksander Sikole; Alastair Hutchison; Tony J. Freemont; Sylvie Sulkova; Charles Swanepoel; Svetlana Pejanovic; Llubica Djukanovic; Alessandro Balducci; Giorgio Coen; Waldysaw Sulowicz; Anibal Ferreira; Armando Torres; Slobodan Curic; Milan Popovic; Nada Dimkovic; Marc E. De Broe

2003-01-01

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Calcium carbonate concretions formed by the decomposition of organic matter.  

PubMed

Bacterial decomposition of butterfish and smelts in small sealed jars containing seawater and other solutions, for periods ranging from 65 to 205 days, results in a large increase in concentrations of dissolved bicarbonate, carbonate, and ammonia (plus volatile amines). Accompanying this is a rise in pH and the precipitation of Ca(++) ion from solution. The Ca(++) is not precipitated as CaCO(3) but instead as a mixture of calcium fatty acid salts or soaps with from 14 to 18 carbon atoms. This can be explained by the thermodynamic instability of CaCO(3) relative to Ca soaps in the presence of excess free fatty acid. It is suggested that some ancient CaCO(3) concretions, especially those enclosing fossils of soft-bodied organisms, may have formed rapidly after death in the form of natural Ca soap (adipocere) which was later converted to CaCO(3). PMID:5634908

Berner, R A

1968-01-12

170

A mineralogical characterization of biogenic calcium carbonates precipitated by heterotrophic bacteria isolated from cryophilic polar regions.  

PubMed

Precipitation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3(s) ) can be driven by microbial activity. Here, a systematic approach is used to identify the morphological and mineralogical characteristics of CaCO3(s) precipitated during the heterotrophic growth of micro-organisms isolated from polar environments. Focus was placed on establishing mineralogical features that are common in bioliths formed during heterotrophic activity, while in parallel identifying features that are specific to bioliths precipitated by certain microbial phylotypes. Twenty microbial isolates that precipitated macroscopic CaCO3(s) when grown on B4 media supplemented with calcium acetate or calcium citrate were identified. A multimethod approach, including scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and micro-X-ray diffraction (?-XRD), was used to characterize CaCO3(s) precipitates. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed that complete CaCO3(s) crystal encrustation of Arthrobacter sp. cells was common, while encrustation of Rhodococcus sp. cells did not occur. Several euhedral and anhedral mineral formations including disphenoid-like epitaxial plates, rhomboid-like aggregates with epitaxial rhombs, and spherulite aggregates were observed. While phylotype could not be linked to specific mineral formations, isolates tended to precipitate either euhedral or anhedral minerals, but not both. Three anhydrous CaCO3(s) polymorphs (calcite, aragonite, and vaterite) were identified by ?-XRD, and calcite and aragonite were also identified based on TEM lattice-fringe d value measurements. The presence of certain polymorphs was not indicative of biogenic origin, although several mineralogical features such as crystal-encrusted bacterial cells, or casts of bacterial cells embedded in mesocrystals are an indication of biogenic origin. In addition, some features such as the formation of vaterite and bacterial entombment appear to be linked to certain phylotypes. Identifying phylotypes consistent with certain mineralogical features is the first step toward discovering a link between these crystal features and the precise underlying molecular biology of the organism precipitating them. PMID:25256888

Ronholm, J; Schumann, D; Sapers, H M; Izawa, M; Applin, D; Berg, B; Mann, P; Vali, H; Flemming, R L; Cloutis, E A; Whyte, L G

2014-11-01

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Modification of nanostructured calcium carbonate for efficient gene delivery.  

PubMed

In this study, a facile method to modify nanostructured calcium carbonate (CaCO3) gene delivery systems by adding calcium phosphate (CaP) component was developed. CaCO3/CaP/DNA nanoparticles were prepared by the co-precipitation of Ca(2+) ions with plasmid DNA in the presence of carbonate and phosphate ions. For comparison, CaCO3/DNA nanoparticles and CaP/DNA co-precipitates were also prepared. The effects of carbonate ion/phosphate ion (CO3(2-)/PO4(3-)) ratio on the particle size and gene delivery efficiency were investigated. With an appropriate CO3(2-)/PO4(3-) ratio, the co-existence of carbonate and phosphate ions could control the size of co-precipitates effectively, and CaCO3/CaP/DNA nanoparticles with a decreased size and improved stability could be obtained. The in vitro gene transfections mediated by different nanoparticles in 293T cells and HeLa cells were carried out, using pGL3-Luc as a reporter plasmid. The gene transfection efficiency of CaCO3/CaP/DNA nanoparticles could be significantly improved as compared with CaCO3/DNA nanoparticles and CaP/DNA co-precipitates. The confocal microscopy study indicated that the cellular uptake and nuclear localization of CaCO3/CaP/DNA nanoparticles were significantly enhanced as compared with unmodified CaCO3/DNA nanoparticles. PMID:24732398

Zhao, Dong; Wang, Chao-Qun; Zhuo, Ren-Xi; Cheng, Si-Xue

2014-06-01

172

Continuous precipitation of calcium carbonate using sonochemical reactor.  

PubMed

The continuous production of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) by precipitation method at room temperature was carried out in a stirred reactor under ultrasonic environment and was compared with the conventional stirring method. The effect of various operating parameters such as Ca(OH)2 slurry concentration, CO2 flow rate and Ca(OH)2 slurry flow rate on the particle size of CaCO3 was investigated. The calcium carbonate particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD) and particle size. The morphology was studied by using scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images. The particle size obtained in the presence of ultrasonic environment was found to be smaller as compared to conventional stirring method. The particle size is found to be reduced with an increase in the concentrations of Ca(OH)2 and increased with increasing CO2 flow rate for both the methods. The slurry flow rate had a major effect on the particle size and the particle size decreased with increased slurry flow rate. Only calcite phase of CaCO3 was predominantly present as confirmed by the characterization techniques for both the preparation methods. In most of the cases rhombohedral calcite particles were observed. PMID:25534035

Shirsath, S R; Sonawane, S H; Saini, D R; Pandit, A B

2015-05-01

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Effect of calcium carbonate saturation of seawater on coral calcification  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The carbonate chemistry of seawater is usually not considered to be an important factor influencing calcium-carbonate-precipitation by corals because surface seawater is supersaturated with respect to aragonite. Recent reports, however, suggest that it could play a major role in the evolution and biogeography of recent corals. We investigated the calcification rates of five colonies of the zooxanthellate coral Stylophora pistillata in synthetic seawater using the alkalinity anomaly technique. Changes in aragonite saturation from 98% to 585% were obtained by manipulating the calcium concentration. The results show a nonlinear increase in calcification rate as a function of aragonite saturation level. Calcification increases nearly 3-fold when aragonite saturation increases from 98% to 390%, i.e., close to the typical present saturation state of tropical seawater. There is no further increase of calcification at saturation values above this threshold. Preliminary data suggest that another coral species, Acropora sp., displays a similar behaviour. These experimental results suggest: (l) that the rate of calcification does not change significantly within the range of saturation levels corresponding to the last glacial-interglacial cycle, and (2) that it may decrease significantly in the future as a result of the decrease in the saturation level due to anthropogenic release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Experimental studies that control environmental conditions and seawater composition provide unique opportunities to unravel the response of corals to global environmental changes.

Gattuso, J.-P.; Frankignoulle, M.; Bourge, I.; Romaine, S.; Buddemeier, R.W.

1998-01-01

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Uptake of chloride and carbonate ions by calcium monosulfoaluminate hydrate  

SciTech Connect

Decommissioning of old nuclear reactors may produce waste streams containing chlorides and carbonates, including radioactive {sup 36}Cl{sup -} and {sup 14}CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}. Their insolubilization by calcium monosulfoaluminate hydrate was investigated. Carbonates were readily depleted from the solution, giving at thermodynamic equilibrium monocarboaluminate, monocarboaluminate + calcite, or calcite only, depending on the initial ratio between the anion and calcium monosulfoaluminate hydrate. Chloride ions reacted more slowly and were precipitated as Kuzel's salt, Kuzel's and Friedel's salts, or Friedel's salt only. Rietveld refinement of X-Ray powder diffraction patterns was successfully used to quantify the phase distributions, which were compared to thermodynamic calculations. Moreover, analysing the lattice parameters of Kuzel's salt as a function of its chloride content showed the occurrence of a restricted solid solution towards the sulfate side with general formula 3CaO{center_dot}Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}{center_dot}xCaCl{sub 2}{center_dot}(1 - x)CaSO{sub 4}{center_dot}(12 - 2x){center_dot}H{sub 2}O (0.36 {<=} x {<=} 0.50).

Mesbah, Adel [Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA DEN/DTCD/SPDE, F-30207 Bagnols sur Ceze (France); Clermont Universite, ENSCCF, Laboratoire des Materiaux Inorganiques, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); Cau-dit-Coumes, Celine, E-mail: celine.cau-dit-coumes@cea.fr [Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA DEN/DTCD/SPDE, F-30207 Bagnols sur Ceze (France); Renaudin, Guillaume [Clermont Universite, ENSCCF, Laboratoire des Materiaux Inorganiques, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6002, F-63177 Aubiere (France); Frizon, Fabien [Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA DEN/DTCD/SPDE, F-30207 Bagnols sur Ceze (France); Leroux, Fabrice [Clermont Universite, Universite Blaise Pascal, Laboratoire des Materiaux Inorganiques, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6002, F-63177 Aubiere (France)

2012-08-15

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CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTALS IN LEAVES OF GLYCINE SPECIES AND RELATED TAXA  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystals occur in about three-fourths of all the flowering plants. The location and structure of the crystals have been used in some systematic studies. The Genus Glycine includes the cultivated soybean, the wild annual soybean, and about 22 wild perennial species. Our obje...

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In situ calcium carbonate dissolution in the Pacific Ocean  

SciTech Connect

Over the past several years researchers have been working to synthesize the WOCE/ JGOFS global CO2 survey data to better understand carbon cycling processes in the oceans. The Pacific Ocean data set has over 35,000 sample locations with at least two carbon parameters, oxygen, nutrients, CFC tracers, and hydrographic parameters. In this paper we estimate the in situ CaCO3 dissolution rates in the Pacific Ocean water column. Calcium carbonate dissolution rates ranging from 0.01 1.1 mmol kg1 yr1 are observed in intermediate and deepwater beginning near the aragonite saturation horizon. In the North Pacific Intermediate Water between 400 and 800 m, CaCO3 dissolution rates are more than 7 times faster than observed in middle and deep water depths (average = 0.051 mmol kg1 yr1). The total amount of CaCO3 that is dissolved within the Pacific is determined by integrating excess alkalinity throughout the water column. The total inventory of CaCO3 added by particle dissolution in the Pacific Ocean, north of 40S, is 157 Pg C. This amounts to an average dissolution rate of approximately 0.31 Pg C yr1. This estimate is approximately 74% of the export production of CaCO3 estimated for the Pacific Ocean. These estimates should be considered to be upper limits for in situ carbonate dissolution in the Pacific Ocean, since a portion of the alkalinity increase results from inputs from sediments.

Feely, R. A. [NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; Sabine, Chris [NOAA, Seattle, WA; Lee, K. [Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Republic of Korea; Millero, F. J. [University of Miami; Lamb, M. F. [NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; Greeley, D. [NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; Bullister, J.L. [NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; Key, Robert [Princeton University; Peng, T.-H. [Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory, NOAA; Kozyr, Alexander [ORNL; Ono, Tsueno [Frontier Research System for Global Change/Institute for Global Change Research, Japan; Wong, C. S. [Institute of Ocean Sciences, Climate Chemistry Laboratory, Sidney, BC Canada

2002-01-01

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The influence of some naturally occurring minerals on the precipitation of calcium carbonate polymorphs  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this work precipitation of calcium carbonates, influenced by the addition of suspended mineral particles (quartz, kaolinite or montmorillonite) is reported. In the investigated systems the initial concentrations of calcium and carbonate species, as well as the concentration of NaCl, were similar to those in seawater. In the reference system, to which no mineral particles were added, vaterite was the

Damir Kralj; Neda Vdovi?

2000-01-01

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Chemical controls on the magnesium content of amorphous calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is a metastable phase that forms in diverse biogeochemical settings. This material can incorporate significant amounts of magnesium and other elements, but the conditions that regulate composition are not established. Using a mixed flow reactor method, we synthesize Mg-free ACC (control) and amorphous magnesium calcium carbonate (ACMC) under controlled chemical conditions to determine the relationship between composition and inorganic solution chemistry. Input solutions contained a constant initial Mg/Ca ratio of 5/1 with variable total carbonate concentration, pH, and supersaturation. Within the reactor, input solution chemistry evolves in proportion to the extent of precipitation whereby the initial Mg/Ca ratio increases to values as high as 14 at steady state conditions. By this approach, we produce reproducible quantities of ACMC with 24 to >70 mol% Mg to give compositions of Mg(0.24-0.72)Ca(0.76-0.28)CO3·1.42-1.63H2O. The primary control on ACMC composition is the steady state solution composition that develops in the reactor during precipitation. Analysis of the data shows the Mg content of ACMC is regulated by the interplay of three factors at steady state conditions: (1) Mg/Ca ratio; (2) total carbonate concentration; and (3) solution pH. Using the Henderson-Kracek model to estimate the partition coefficients for the Mg content of ACMC, we find KD is approximately constant at 0.047 ± 0.003 when steady state pH is less than 9.5, but values of KD triple as steady state pH increases from 9.5 to 10.3. Our KD values are lower than previous estimates that are based upon initial solution composition. In contrast, our estimates of KD are determined from the solution chemistry at steady state conditions and for pH conditions that are less extreme than previous experimental studies. We suggest the approach of using steady state composition to estimate KD gives a more accurate representation of relationships between ACMC composition and local conditions. The findings demonstrate local pH and total carbonate concentration can be regulated at the time of formation to produce Mg amorphous carbonates of a designated composition.

Blue, C. R.; Dove, P. M.

2015-01-01

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Habit modification of calcium carbonate in the presence of malic acid  

SciTech Connect

The ability of malic acid to control calcium carbonate morphology has been investigated by aging calcium chloride solution in the presence of urea in a 90 deg. C bath. Malic acid favors the formation of calcite. A transition from single block to aggregate with special morphology occurs upon increasing malic acid concentration. The morphological development of CaCO{sub 3} crystal obviously depends on the starting pH. CaCO{sub 3} crystal grows from spindle seed to dumbbell in the pH regime from 7 to 11; while it evolves from spindle seed, through peanut, to sphere at pH=11.5. Both dumbbell and sphere consist of rods that are elongated along c-axis and capped with three smooth, well-defined rhombic {l_brace}1 0 4{r_brace} faces. A tentative growth mechanism is proposed based on the fractal model suggested by R. Kniep and S. Busch [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 35 (1996) 2624]. - Graphical abstract: Dumbbell-like CaCO{sub 3} particles obtained in the presence of malic acid.

Mao Zhaofeng [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Huang Jianhua [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)], E-mail: jhhuang@zstu.edu.cn

2007-02-15

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tice sites of calcium carbonate and affect Mars' soil geochemistry, and calcium carbonate can  

E-print Network

qualification model (17). Other carbonates have decomposition temperatures that are lower than that of calcite. 17. In a calibration run on the TEGA engineering qualification model with a known amount of calcite with Environmental Applications (SSSA, Madison, WI, 2002), pp. 199­228. 23. D. Fisher, Icarus 179, 387 (2005). 24. D

Kounaves, Samuel P.

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Inhibition of calcium oxalate crystallization by glutamic acid: Different effects at low and high concentrations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The effects of L-aspartic acid, alanine and L-glutamic acid on the crystallization of calcium oxalate were followed by two methods: measurements of the changes in calcium ion concentrations and determination of crystal size distribution in the calcium oxalate precipitate. The changes in calcium ion concentration were detected by a specific calcium electrode and are expressed as Discriminating Index (DI) values. Median size and number of crystals per milliliter were determined by Particle Data Counter. Glutamic acid in the range of 0-200 ppm was added to solutions of CaCl 2 which were subsequently mixed with solutions of Na 2C 2O 4 to yield CaC 2O 4 precipitation. At relatively high concentrations of glutamic acid, namely 20-200 ppm, the precipitation of calcium oxalate is retarded. However, at low concentrations, 2.5-20 ppm oxalate precipitation is enhanced. The two independent methods yield well-correlated results. Both L-aspartic acid and alanine did not affect the precipitation of calcium oxalate at similar experimental conditions.

Azoury, Reuven; Randolph, Alan D.; Drach, George W.; Perlberg, Saul; Garti, Nissim; Sarig, Sara

1983-11-01

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Identification and characterisation of a calcium carbonate-binding protein, blue mussel shell protein (BMSP), from the nacreous layer.  

PubMed

The nacreous layer of molluscan shells consists of a highly organised, layered structure comprising calcium carbonate aragonite crystals, each surrounded by an organic matrix. In the Japanese pearl oyster Pinctada fucata, the Pif protein from the nacreous layer functions in aragonite binding, and plays a key role in nacre formation. Here, we investigated whether the blue mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis also has a protein with similar functions in the nacreous layer. By using a calcium carbonate-binding assay, we identified the novel protein blue mussel shell protein (BMSP) 100 that can bind calcium carbonate crystals of both aragonite and calcite. When the entire sequence of a cDNA encoding BMSP 100 was determined, it was found that BMSP is a preproprotein consisting of a signal peptide and two proteins, BMSP 120 and BMSP 100. BMSP 120 contains four von Willebrand factor A (VWA) domains and one chitin-binding domain, thus suggesting that it has a role in maintaining structure within the matrix. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that BMSP 100 is present throughout the nacreous layer with dense localisation in the myostracum. Posttranslational modification analysis indicated that BMSP 100 is phosphorylated and glycosylated. These results suggest that there is a common molecular mechanism between P. fucata and M. galloprovincialis that underlies the nacreous layer formation. PMID:21932217

Suzuki, Michio; Iwashima, Ai; Tsutsui, Naoaki; Ohira, Tsuyoshi; Kogure, Toshihiro; Nagasawa, Hiromichi

2011-11-01

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Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein--inhibitor or promoter of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization processes?  

PubMed

The processes of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystal nucleation, growth and aggregation (agglomeration) generally have been studied using a wide variety of assay systems/conditions. This paper reviews the apparently conflicting data on the effects of Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein (THP) on COM crystallization processes in vitro, with the main emphasis on crystal aggregation. According to its well-known physico-chemical properties, THP has a dual role in modifying crystal aggregation: at high pH and low ionic strength (IS). THP is a powerful crystal aggregation inhibitor. Upon lowering pH and raising IS, THP viscosity increases, leading to reduced crystal aggregation inhibition. In the presence of additional calcium ions, some THPs even become strong promoters of crystal aggregation. This phenomenon seems to be more pronounced in THPs isolated from recurrent calcium stone formers whose proteins exhibit an abnormally high tendency of polymerization. Recent studies suggest an inherited molecular abnormality of THP among some severe recurrent calcium stone formers. PMID:1736492

Hess, B

1992-01-01

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Composition and properties of silver-containing calcium carbonate-calcium phosphate bone cement.  

PubMed

The introduction of silver, either in the liquid phase (as silver nitrate solution: Ag(L)) or in the solid phase (as silver phosphate salt: Ag(S)) of calcium carbonate-calcium phosphate (CaCO3-CaP) bone cement, its influence on the composition of the set cement (C-Ag(L) and C-Ag(S) cements with a Ca/Ag atomic ratio equal to 10.3) and its biological properties were investigated. The fine characterisation of the chemical setting of silver-doped and reference cements was performed using FTIR spectroscopy. We showed that the formation of apatite was enhanced from the first hours of maturation of C-Ag(L) cement in comparison with the reference cement, whereas a longer period of maturation (about 10 h) was required to observe this increase for C-Ag(S) cement, although in both cases, silver was present in the set cements mainly as silver phosphate. The role of silver nitrate on the setting chemical reaction is discussed and a chemical scheme is proposed. Antibacterial activity tests (S. aureus and S. epidermidis) and in vitro cytotoxicity tests (human bone marrow stromal cells (HBMSC)) showed that silver-loaded CaCO3-CaP cements had antibacterial properties (anti-adhesion and anti-biofilm formation) without a toxic effect on HBMSC cells, making C-Ag(S) cement a promising candidate for the prevention of bone implant-associated infections. PMID:23892487

Jacquart, Sylvaine; Siadous, Robin; Henocq-Pigasse, Christel; Bareille, Reine; Roques, Christine; Rey, Christian; Combes, Christèle

2013-12-01

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Influence of magnetic water treatment on the calcium carbonate phase formation and the electrochemical corrosion behavior of carbon steel  

Microsoft Academic Search

A study of the influence of magnetic water treatment on the calcium carbonate phase formation and the electrochemical corrosion behavior of carbon steel was carried out. The water was exposed to a magnetic field of 1T with a speed of flow through the magnet of 0.77m\\/s (1.56ml\\/s). The observations demonstrated that the calcite is the main form of calcium carbonate,

M. E Botello-Zubiate; A Alvarez; A Mart??nez-Villafañe; F Almeraya-Calderon; J. A Matutes-Aquino

2004-01-01

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Formate Oxidation-Driven Calcium Carbonate Precipitation by Methylocystis parvus OBBP  

PubMed Central

Microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) applied in the construction industry poses several disadvantages such as ammonia release to the air and nitric acid production. An alternative MICP from calcium formate by Methylocystis parvus OBBP is presented here to overcome these disadvantages. To induce calcium carbonate precipitation, M. parvus was incubated at different calcium formate concentrations and starting culture densities. Up to 91.4% ± 1.6% of the initial calcium was precipitated in the methane-amended cultures compared to 35.1% ± 11.9% when methane was not added. Because the bacteria could only utilize methane for growth, higher culture densities and subsequently calcium removals were exhibited in the cultures when methane was added. A higher calcium carbonate precipitate yield was obtained when higher culture densities were used but not necessarily when more calcium formate was added. This was mainly due to salt inhibition of the bacterial activity at a high calcium formate concentration. A maximum 0.67 ± 0.03 g of CaCO3 g of Ca(CHOOH)2?1 calcium carbonate precipitate yield was obtained when a culture of 109 cells ml?1 and 5 g of calcium formate liter?1 were used. Compared to the current strategy employing biogenic urea degradation as the basis for MICP, our approach presents significant improvements in the environmental sustainability of the application in the construction industry. PMID:24837386

Ganendra, Giovanni; De Muynck, Willem; Ho, Adrian; Arvaniti, Eleni Charalampous; Hosseinkhani, Baharak; Ramos, Jose Angel; Rahier, Hubert

2014-01-01

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Monodisperse Calcium Carbonate Microtablets Forming at 701C in Prerefrigerated CaCl2GelatinUrea Solutions  

E-print Network

Monodisperse Calcium Carbonate Microtablets Forming at 701C in Prerefrigerated CaCl2­Gelatin Calcium carbonate particles with a unique tablet shape were produced by simply aging the prerefrigerated, and powder X-ray diffraction. Introduction Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) is an important ma- terial of marine

Tas, A. Cuneyt

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Co-precipitation of dissolved organic matter by calcium carbonate in Pyramid Lake, Nevada  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Our previous research has demonstrated that dissolved organic matter (DOM) influences calcium carbonate mineral formation in surface and ground water. To better understand DOM mediation of carbonate precipitation and DOM co-precipitation and/or incorporation with carbonate minerals, we characterized the content and speciation of DOM in carbonate minerals and in the lake water of Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA. A 400-gram block of precipitated calcium carbonate from the Pyramid Lake shore was dissolved in 8 liters of 10% acetic acid. Particulate matter not dissolved by acetic acid was removed by centrifugation. DOM from the carbonate rock was fractionated into nine portions using evaporation, dialysis, resin adsorption, and selective precipitations to remove acetic acid and inorganic constituents. The calcium carbonate rock contained 0.23% DOM by weight. This DOM was enriched in polycarboxylic proteinaceous acids and hydroxy-acids in comparison with the present lake water. DOM in lake water was composed of aliphatic, alicyclic polycarboxylic acids. These compound classes were found in previous studies to inhibit calcium carbonate precipitation. DOM fractions from the carbonate rock were 14C-age dated at about 3,100 to 3,500 years before present. The mechanism of DOM co-precipitation and/or physical incorporation in the calcium carbonate is believed to be due to formation of insoluble calcium complexes with polycarboxylic proteinaceous acids and hydroxy-acids that have moderately large stability constants at the alkaline pH of the lake. DOM co-precipitation with calcium carbonate and incorporation in precipitated carbonate minerals removes proteinaceous DOM, but nearly equivalent concentrations of neutral and acidic forms of organic nitrogen in DOM remain in solution. Calcium carbonate precipitation during lime softening pretreatment of drinking water may have practical applications for removal of proteinaceous disinfection by-product precursors.

Leenheer, Jerry A.; Reddy, Michael M.

2008-01-01

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Calcium carbonate obstructive urolithiasis in a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus).  

PubMed

A 6-yr-old male red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) presented for a history of inappetance, abnormal behavior, and unconfirmed elimination for 6 hr prior to presentation. Based on abdominal ultrasound, abdominocentesis, and cystocentesis, a presumptive diagnosis of urinary tract obstruction with uroabdomen and hydronephrosis was reached. Abdominal radiographs did not assist in reaching an antemortem diagnosis. Postmortem examination confirmed a urinary bladder rupture secondary to urethral obstruction by a single urethrolith. Bilateral hydronephrosis and hydroureter were identified and determined to be a result of bilateral ureteroliths. Urolith analysis revealed a composition of 100% calcium carbonate. A dietary analysis was performed, implicating an increased Ca:P ratio from a food preparation miscommunication as a contributing factor. Appropriate husbandry changes were made, and mob surveillance procedures were performed, which resolved the urolithiasis risk for the remaining five animals. PMID:23505728

Lindemann, Dana M; Gamble, Kathryn C; Corner, Sarah

2013-03-01

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The Influence of pH on the Oxygen Isotope Composition of Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Oxygen isotope fractionation between calcium carbonate and water is temperature-dependent and can therefore be used as a paleothermometer. Although oxygen isotope fractionation is expected from principles of equilibrium isotopic partitioning, the temperature-dependence remains uncertain because other factors, such as slow exchange between dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) species and water, can obscure the temperature signal. Oxygen isotopic equilibrium between aqueous solution and calcium carbonate includes two distinct equilibria: equilibrium of the DIC species in solution (i.e., CO2(aq), H2CO3, HCO3-, and CO32-) with water, and equilibrium between the dissolved inorganic carbon with the precipitated carbonate. To isolate kinetic isotope effects that arise at the mineral-solution interface, isotopic equilibrium among DIC species must be maintained. This can be accomplished by dissolving the enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA) into the solution, thereby reducing the time required for isotopic equilibration between DIC species by approximately two orders of magnitude between pH 7.7 and 9.3. We conduct calcite growth experiments aimed specifically at measuring the pH-dependence of kinetic oxygen isotope effects during precipitation of calcite. We precipitated calcite from aqueous solution at a constant pH and controlled supersaturation over the pH range 7.7-9.3. For each experiment, a gas mixture of N2 and CO2 is constantly bubbled through a beaker containing ~1300 mL of solution (30 mM CaCl2 + 5 mM NH4Cl + 0.1 mM SrCl2). As CO2 from the gas dissolves into solution, calcite crystals grow on the beaker walls. The pH of the solution is maintained by use of an autotitrator with NaOH as the titrant. We control the temperature, pH, the pCO2 of the gas inflow, and the gas inflow rate, and monitor the total alkalinity, the pCO2 of the gas outflow, and the amount of NaOH added. A constant crystal growth rate of ~1.6 mmol/m2/hr is maintained over all experiments. We will present results from this set of experiments and discuss kinetic oxygen isotope effects in the context of a recently-developed ion-by-ion growth model of calcite.

Hunt, J. D.; Watkins, J. M.; Ryerson, F. J.; DePaolo, D. J.

2013-12-01

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Design of a continuous process setup for precipitated calcium carbonate production from steel converter slag.  

PubMed

A mineral carbonation process "slag2PCC" for carbon capture, utilization, and storage is discussed. Ca is extracted from steel slag by an ammonium salt solvent and carbonated with gaseous CO2 after the separation of the residual slag. The solvent is reused after regeneration. The effects of slag properties such as the content of free lime, fractions of Ca, Si, Fe, and V, particle size, and slag storage on the Ca extraction efficiency are studied. Small particles with a high free-lime content and minor fractions of Si and V are the most suitable. To limit the amount of impurities in the process, the slag-to-liquid ratio should remain below a certain value, which depends on the slag composition. Also, the design of a continuous test setup (total volume ?75?L) is described, which enables quick process variations needed to adapt the system to the varying slag quality. Different precipitated calcium carbonate crystals (calcite and vaterite) are generated in different parts of the setup. PMID:24578147

Mattila, Hannu-Petteri; Zevenhoven, Ron

2014-03-01

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Influence of Urinary Sialic Acid on Calcium Oxalate Crystal Formation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Using seed crystal method, whole-urine method, and scanning electron microscopy, the inhibitory effects of sialic acid and osteopontin (OPN) on aggregation\\/growth of CaOx crystals were investigated. Using the seed crystal method, sialic acid showed an inhibitory effect on CaOx crystal aggregation\\/growth in a concentration-dependent manner, but almost no effect was observed using the whole-urine method. OPN showed an inhibitory effect

E. Konya; N. Amasaki; T. Umekawa; M. Iguchi; T. Kurita

2002-01-01

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Dissolution rate of calcium carbonate in high pCO2 seawater under high pressure  

Microsoft Academic Search

To understand how the dissolution rate of calcium carbonate changes, laboratory experiments were conducted under high pressure and high pCO2 condition. As a result, rapid dissolution was observed at above 5000 ppm of pCO2. The initial dissolution rates of the well correlated with initial concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon. Dissolution rate were generally decreased with time. Dissolution of calcium carbonate

N. Tsurushima; M. Suzumura; N. Yamada; K. Harada

2008-01-01

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Carbonation of calcium-containing mineral and industrial by-products  

Microsoft Academic Search

The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) and calcium-containing by-products from industrial activities is receiving increasing interest as a route to valuable carbonate\\u000a materials while reducing CO2 emissions and saving natural resources. In this work, wet-chemical experimental data was assessed, which involved the carbonation\\u000a of three types of materials in aqueous solutions, namely, 1) wollastonite, a calcium silicate mineral, 2) steelmaking

Ron Zevenhoven; Anders Wiklund; Johan Fagerlund; Sanni Eloneva; Ben In’t Veen; Hans Geerlings; Gert Van Mossel; Harold Boerrigter

2010-01-01

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Efficient calcium lactate production by fermentation coupled with crystallization-based in situ product removal.  

PubMed

Lactic acid is a platform chemical with various industrial applications, and its derivative, calcium lactate, is an important food additive. Fermentation coupled with in situ product removal (ISPR) can provide more outputs with high productivity. The method used in this study was based on calcium lactate crystallization. Three cycles of crystallization were performed during the fermentation course using a Bacillus coagulans strain H-1. As compared to fed-batch fermentation, this method showed 1.7 times higher average productivity considering seed culture, with 74.4% more L-lactic acid produced in the fermentation with ISPR. Thus, fermentation coupled with crystallization-based ISPR may be a biotechnological alternative that provides an efficient system for production of calcium lactate or lactic acid. PMID:24780270

Xu, Ke; Xu, Ping

2014-07-01

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Crystallization behaviour of hydroxide cobalt carbonates by aging: Environmental implications.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cobalt is a naturally occurring element widely distributed in water, sediments and air that is essential for living species, since it is a component of B12 vitamin and it is also a strategic and critical element used in a number of commercial, industrial and military applications. However, relatively high accumulations of cobalt in environment can be toxic for human and animal health. Cobalt usually occurs as Co2+ and Co3+ in aqueous solutions, where Co2+ is the most soluble and hence its mobility in water is higher. The study of the precipitation of cobalt carbonates is of great interest due to the abundance of carbonate minerals in contact with surface water and groundwater which can be polluted with Co2+. Previous works have demonstrated that the formation of Co-bearing calcium carbonates and Co-rich low crystallinity phases takes place at ambient conditions. With the aim of investigating the crystallization behavior of Co- bearing carbonates at ambient temperature, macroscopic batch-type experiments have been carried out by mixing aqueous solutions of CoCl2 (0.05M) and Na2CO3 (0.05M) during increasing reaction times (5 minutes and 1, 5, 24, 48, 96, 168, 720 and 1440 hours). The main goals of this work were (i) to analyse the physicochemical evolution of the system and (ii) to study the evolution of the crystallinity of the solid phases during aging. After a given reaction period, pH, alkalinity and dissolved Co2+ in the aqueous solutions were analysed. The evolution of the morphology and chemical composition of the solids with aging time was examined by SEM and TEM. The precipitates were also analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the crystallinity degree was followed by the intensity and the full width at high medium (FWHM) of the main peaks. The results show that a low crystallinity phase was obtained at the very beginning of aging. This phase evolves progressively to form hydroxide carbonate cobalt (Co2CO3(OH)2) which crystallize with the spatial group P21/a (monoclinic system) after about 4 days. At the same time, the most important fall of cobalt content takes place, but pH and alkalinity values do not show significant changes. The evolution of the aqueous solutions is closely related to the increases of crystallinity degree. TEM study confirms the evolution of the shape of crystals, which exhibit platelet morphology at the end of aging time.

González-López, Jorge; Fernández-González, Angeles; Jimenez, Amalia

2014-05-01

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Spectrophotometric measurement of calcium carbonate saturation states in seawater.  

PubMed

Measurements of ocean pH and carbonate ion concentrations in the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans were used to determine calcium carbonate saturation states (?(CaCO(3))) from spectrophotometric methods alone. Total carbonate ion concentrations, [CO(3)(2-)](T), were for the first time at sea directly measured using Pb(II) UV absorbance spectra. The basis of the method is given by the following: [formula see text] where (CO(3))?(1) is the PbCO(3)(0) formation constant, e(i) are molar absorptivity ratios, and R = (250)A/(234)A (ratio of absorbances measured at 250 and 234 nm). On the basis of shipboard and laboratory Pb(II) data and complementary carbon-system measurements, the experimental parameters were determined to be (25 °C) the following: [formula see text]. The resulting mean difference between the shipboard spectrophotometric and conventional determinations of [CO(3)(2-)](T) was ±2.03 ?mol kg(-1). The shipboard analytical precision of the Pb(II) method was ?1.71 ?mol kg(-1) (2.28%). Spectrophotometric [CO(3)(2-)](T) and pH(T) were then combined to calculate ?(CaCO(3)). For the case of aragonite, 95% of the spectrophotometric aragonite saturation states (?(Aspec)) were within ±0.06 of the conventionally calculated values (?(Acalc)) when 0.5 ? ?(A) ? 2.0. When ?(A) > 2.0, 95% of the ?(Aspec) values were within ±0.18 of ?(Acalc). Our shipboard experience indicates that spectrophotometric determinations of [CO(3)(2-)](T) and ?(CaCO(3)) are straightforward, fast, and precise. The method yields high-quality measurements of two important, rapidly changing aspects of ocean chemistry and offers capabilities suitable for long-term automated in situ monitoring. PMID:23198742

Easley, Regina A; Patsavas, Mark C; Byrne, Robert H; Liu, Xuewu; Feely, Richard A; Mathis, Jeremy T

2013-02-01

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Conversion of calcium sulphide to calcium carbonate during the process of recovery of elemental sulphur from gypsum waste.  

PubMed

The production of elemental sulphur and calcium carbonate (CaCO3) from gypsum waste can be achieved by thermally reducing the waste into calcium sulphide (CaS), which is then subjected to a direct aqueous carbonation step for the generation of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and CaCO3. H2S can subsequently be converted to elemental sulphur via the commercially available chemical catalytic Claus process. This study investigated the carbonation of CaS by examining both the solution chemistry of the process and the properties of the formed carbonated product. CaS was successfully converted into CaCO3; however, the reaction yielded low-grade carbonate products (i.e. <90 mass% as CaCO3) which comprised a mixture of two CaCO3 polymorphs (calcite and vaterite), as well as trace minerals originating from the starting material. These products could replace the Sappi Enstra CaCO3 (69 mass% CaCO3), a by-product from the paper industry which is used in many full-scale AMD neutralisation plants but is becoming insufficient. The insight gained is now also being used to develop and optimize an indirect aqueous CaS carbonation process for the production of high-grade CaCO3 (i.e. >99 mass% as CaCO3) or precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC). PMID:25128917

de Beer, M; Maree, J P; Liebenberg, L; Doucet, F J

2014-11-01

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Controlled synthesis of crystalline calcium carbonate aggregates with unusual morphologies involving the phase transformation from amorphous calcium carbonate  

SciTech Connect

Peanut-shaped CaCO{sub 3} aggregates, featured of two dandelion-like heads built up from rod-like subunits, have been synthesized via a facile precipitation reaction between Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and CaCl{sub 2} at ambient temperature in the presence of magnesium ions and ethanol solvent. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). The results show that a high magnesium concentration and ethanol solvent are necessary for the formation of the unusual peanut-like aggregates. In addition, a multistep phase transformation process from amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) to a mixture of ACC and calcite and ultimately to calcite and aragonite was observed in the formation process of the unusual structures. A possible mechanism for the formation of the unusual peanut-shape aggregates has been proposed and discussed.

Tang Hua [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yu Jiaguo [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122, Wuhan 430070 (China)], E-mail: jiaguoyu@yahoo.com; Zhao Xiufeng [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122, Wuhan 430070 (China)

2009-04-02

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Effects of Mg/Ca ratio and temperature on the mineralogy of calcium carbonate precipitates and their paleooceanographic implications  

SciTech Connect

Because of the importance of the global carbon cycle throughout the life of the Earth, scientists have tried to use components of it to find out past conditions of the Earth`s atmosphere, oceans, and climate. However, lack of knowledge about past conditions makes it difficult to paint a complete picture of the chemistry of ancient oceans and atmospheres. One approach is to use the mineralogy of ancient sedimentary carbonates to examine the problem from the standpoint that certain conditions dictate the formation of particular crystal structures. Thus, we need to more completely understand the conditions which influence the precipitation of carbonate minerals. We examine the effects of both seawater Mg/Ca ratio and temperature on the mineralogy of calcium carbonate precipitated from seawater. This will refine our knowledge of paleo-ocean chemistry.

Tsoi, M.Y.; Belli, S. [Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (United States)

1996-10-01

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Textural properties of synthetic nano-calcite produced by hydrothermal carbonation of calcium hydroxide  

E-print Network

The hydrothermal carbonation of calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2) at high pressure of CO2 (initial PCO2 1/4 55 bar) and moderate to high temperature (30 and 90 1C) was used to synthesize fine particles of calcite. This method allows a high carbonation efficiency (about 95% of Ca(OH)2-CaCO3 conversion), a significant production rate (48 kg/m3 h) and high purity of product (about 96%). However, the various initial physicochemical conditions have a strong influence on the crystal size and surface area of the synthesized calcite crystals. The present study is focused on the estimation of the textural properties of synthesized calcite (morphology, specific surface area, average particle size, particle size distribution and particle size evolution with reaction time), using Rietveld refinements of X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations. This study demonstrate that the pressure, the temperatu...

Montes-Hernandez, German; Charlet, L; Tisserand, Delphine; Renard, F

2008-01-01

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A kinetic study on crystallization of calcium gluconate in external loop airlift column and stirred tank for an immobilized glucose oxidase reaction with crystallization  

Microsoft Academic Search

The batch crystallization of calcium gluconate from the reaction solution of the immobilized glucose oxidase catalyzed oxidation of glucose was kinetically studied not only in an external loop airlift column but also in a small scale stirred tank. The solubility of calcium gluconate under a wide range of the glucose oxidation conditions was measured and correlated. The crystallization was started

Jie Bao; Kenichi Koumatsu; Yoshihiro Arimatsu; Keiji Furumoto; Makoto Yoshimoto; Kimitoshi Fukunaga; Katsumi Nakao

2003-01-01

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Polymer surface modification and characterization of particulate calcium carbonate fillers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The efficacy of the surface treatment of particulate fillers depends on the chemical character of the components, on the method and conditions of the treatment, and on the amount of the treating agent. Here, the ultra-fine calcium carbonate is surface treated with 1, 2, 3 and 4 wt.% polyacrylic acid (PAA) synthesized by ourselves, which has strong ionic interaction and is an efficient surface modifier. The PAA coated filler is submitted to the measurement of the surface bonded amount, bonding efficacy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and inverse gas chromatography. Maximum efficacy is expected at the monolayer coverage of the surface, which is about 0.6 wt.% according to the calculation based on the way they are aligned and is basically in agreement with the "substrate overlayer" model based on the mole ratio of C 286 and C 290 taking no account of the possible underestimation because of the inaccuracy or because of the CH x contamination present originally on the CaCO 3. The initial decrease of the mole ratio of C 290/O and C 290/Ca with the surface bonded PAA may indicate that the bonding interaction between the polymer and the filler surface is the leaving of one molecular carbon dioxide. The IGC measurement shows that there is a considerable surface tension falling in the case of the PAA modified filler compared with the reference. An abnormal high surface energy in the case of filler treated with 4% PAA is observed.

Shui, Miao

2003-12-01

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Carbon nanotube seeded silicon crystal growth  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Crystal growth of liquid silicon on the heterogeneous surfaces of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is simulated. Silicon atoms are concentrated to form perfect coaxial cylindrical configurations around CNT cores. The heredity effect makes silicon imprint cylindrical shapes of CNTs during the solidification. The CNTs have a great influence on the stacking sequence of silicon atoms. Growth competition between CNT cores is clearly observed, which results in defects at the shared interface. The internal potential field around CNTs is responsible for growth competition and the heredity effect.

Li, Y. F.; Li, H.; Sun, F. W.; Zhang, X. Q.; Liew, K. M.

2011-07-01

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Molecular mechanism of crystallization impacting calcium phosphate cements  

SciTech Connect

In summary, SPM data has shown that (1) Mg inhibits growth on all steps but relatively high Mg/Ca ratios are needed. Extracting the mechanism of interaction requires more modeling of the kinetic data, but step morphology is consistent with incorporation. (2) Citrate has several effects depending on the citrate/Ca ratio. At the lowest concentrations, citrate increases the step free energy without altering the step kinetics; at higher concentrations, the polar step is slowed. (3) Oxalate also slows the polar step but additionally stabilizes a new facet, with a [100]{sub Cc} step. (4) Etidronate has the greatest kinetic impact of the molecules studied. At 7{micro}M concentrations, the polar step slows by 60% and a new polar step appears. However, at the same time the [10-1]{sub Cc} increases by 67%. It should be noted that all of these molecules complex calcium and can effect kinetics by altering the solution supersaturation or the Ca to HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-} ratio. For the SPM data shown, this effect was corrected for to distinguish the effect of the molecule at the crystal surface from the effect of the molecule on the solution speciation. The goal of this paper is to draw connections between fundamental studies of atomic step motion and potential strategies for materials processing. It is not our intent to promote the utility of SPM for investigating processes in cement dynamics. The conditions are spectacularly different in many ways. The data shown in this paper are fairly close to equilibrium (S=1.6) whereas the nucleation of cements is initiated at supersaturation ratios in the thousands to millions. Of course, after the initial nucleation phase, the growth will occur at more modest supersaturations and as the cement evolves towards equilibrium certainly some of the growth will occur in regimes such as shown here. In addition to the difference in supersaturation, cements tend to have lower additive to calcium ratios. As an example, the additive to Ca ratio is {approx}10{sup -3} to 10{sup -4} for a pyrophosphate based cement (Grover et al., 2006). Where the in situ SPM approach provides unique insights is in providing details of where and how molecules inhibit or accelerate kinetics. This has the potential to aid in designing molecules to target specific steps and to guide synergistic combinations of additives. For example, it is unlikely that bulk techniques could deduce the simultaneous acceleration and inhibition effects of etidronate; or that citrate reduced growth rate by altering step density rather than step speed. In addition, SPM data translates to tractable questions for modelers. The questions changes from 'How does etidronate inhibit brushite growth?' to 'Why does etidronate bind strongly to the [101]{sub Cc} step while it doesn't to the [10-1]{sub Cc} step?' This is still a challenging question but it is far better defined. Given that step chemistries are generally different, it seems reasonable to expect that the greatest inhibition will be achieved not with one, but with several synergistically chosen additives. For example, the most effective growth inhibitors for brushite would target the two fast steps, namely the non-polar, [10-1]{sub Cc} and the polar, [101]{sub Cc} steps. Several molecules have been shown to slow the polar step, with etidronate as the most dramatic example. By contrast, only Mg was observed to slow the [10-1]{sub Cc} step. Thus, a combination of high concentrations of Mg to target the [10-1]{sub Cc} step with low concentrations of etidronate to target the polar steps, should be a more effective combination than either alone. However Mg is not a particularly good inhibitor in the sense that high concentrations are needed, and it is not specific. More ideally, an inhibitor would be designed to interact specifically with the [10-1] step, which would allow the two steps to be independently modified. Again, this provides an opportunity for tighter coupling with theoretical modeling. The question changes from 'What types of molecules will inhibit brushite growth' to 'What type of molecule

Giocondi, J L; El-Dasher, B S; Nancollas, G H; Orme, C A

2009-05-31

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Carbon dioxide enhances fragility of ice crystals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ice caps and glaciers cover 7% of the Earth, greater than the land area of Europe and North America combined, and play an important role in global climate. The small-scale failure mechanisms of ice fracture, however, remain largely elusive. In particular, little understanding exists about how the presence and concentration of carbon dioxide molecules, a significant component in the atmosphere, affects the propensity of ice to fracture. Here we use atomic simulations with the first-principles based ReaxFF force field capable of describing the details of chemical reactions at the tip of a crack, applied to investigate the effects of the presence of carbon dioxide molecules on ice fracture. Our result shows that increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide molecules significantly decrease the fracture toughness of the ice crystal, making it more fragile. Using enhanced molecular sampling with metadynamics we reconstruct the free energy landscape in varied chemical microenvironments and find that carbon dioxide molecules affect the bonds between water molecules at the crack tip and decrease their strength by altering the dissociation energy of hydrogen bonds. In the context of glacier dynamics our findings may provide a novel viewpoint that could aid in understanding the breakdown and melting of glaciers, suggesting that the chemical composition of the atmosphere can be critical to mediate the large-scale motion of large volumes of ice.

Qin, Zhao; Buehler, Markus J.

2012-11-01

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Biomimetic growth of calcium oxalate crystals: synchrotron X-ray studies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Oriented crystals of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) form one of the major constituents of kidney stones in humans, and these crystals are also found in many plants. It is widely accepted that an organic matrix of lipids and proteins is involved in the crystallization of COM, though their role is not well-understood [1]. Langmuir monolayers of lipids on supersaturated aqueous solutions can be used to mimic the lipid-crystal interface during mineralization. We have studied nucleation and growth of COM crystals under heneicosanoic acid monolayers at the air-water interface. We used synchrotron x-rays in the grazing incidence geometry to determine the structure of the organic monolayer and the orientation of COM crystals in-situ during crystallization. We see that the (-101) faces of COM crystals are parallel to the organic matrix. There is a commensurate relationship between the heneicosanoic acid monolayer and the (-101) crystal face that may be responsible from the oriented growth. Evolution of the monolayer structure with time will be described. [1]S. R. Khan, Calcium Oxalate in Biological Systems, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1995

Uysal, Ahmet; Stripe, Benjamin; Dutta, Pulak

2010-03-01

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Poly (vinylsulfonic acid) assisted synthesis of aqueous solution stable vaterite calcium carbonate nanoparticles.  

PubMed

Calcium carbonate nanoparticles of the vaterite polymorph were synthesized by combining CaCl2 and Na2CO3 in the presence of poly (vinylsulfonic acid) (PVSA). By studying the important experimental parameters we found that controlling PVSA concentration, reaction temperature, and order of reagent addition the particle size, monodispersity, and surface charge can be controlled. By increasing PVSA concentration or by decreasing temperature CCNPs with an average size from ?150 to 500 nm could be produced. We believe the incorporation of PVSA into the reaction plays a dual role to (1) slow down the nucleation rate by sequestering calcium and to (2) stabilize the resulting CCNPs as the vaterite polymorph, preventing surface calcification or aggregation into microparticles. The obtained vaterite nanoparticles were found to maintain their crystal structure and surface charge after storage in aqueous buffer for at least 5 months. The aqueous stable vaterite nanoparticles could be a useful platform for the encapsulation of a large variety of biomolecules for drug delivery or as a sacrificial template toward capsule formation for biosensor applications. PMID:24461857

Nagaraja, Ashvin T; Pradhan, Sulolit; McShane, Michael J

2014-03-15

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Urine glycoprotein crystal growth inhibitors. Evidence for a molecular abnormality in calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis.  

PubMed Central

One reason that some people are prone to calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis is that they produce urine that is subnormal in its ability to inhibit the growth of calcium oxalate crystals. We have identified in human urine a glycoprotein (GCI) that inhibits calcium oxalate crystal growth strongly, and at low concentrations (10(-7) M); in this study, we have isolated GCI molecules from the urine of normal people and patients with calcium oxalate stones. GCI from stone formers is abnormal in three ways: it contains no detectable gamma-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla), whereas normal GCI contains 2-3 residues of Gla per mole; about half of the GCI in urine of patients inhibits crystal growth 4-20 times less than normal GCI as judged by its performance in a kinetic growth assay, in vitro; at the air-water interface, patient GCI has a film collapse pressure approximately half of normal. GCI molecules from the urine of patients with calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis are intrinsically abnormal, and these abnormalities could play a role in the genesis of stones. PMID:4056037

Nakagawa, Y; Abram, V; Parks, J H; Lau, H S; Kawooya, J K; Coe, F L

1985-01-01

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Biofilm-induced calcium carbonate precipitation: application in the subsurface  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have investigated mitigation strategies for sealing high permeability regions, like fractures, in the subsurface. This technology has the potential to, for example, improve the long-term security of geologically-stored carbon dioxide (CO2) by sealing fractures in cap rocks or to mitigate leakage pathways to prevent contamination of overlying aquifers from hydraulic fracturing fluids. Sealing technologies using low-viscosity fluids are advantageous since they potentially reduce the necessary injection pressures and increase the radius of influence around injection wells. In this technology, aqueous solutions and suspensions are used to promote microbially-induced mineral precipitation which can be applied in subsurface environments. To this end, a strategy was developed to twice seal a hydraulically fractured, 74 cm (2.4') diameter Boyles Sandstone core, collected in North-Central Alabama, with biofilm-induced calcium carbonate (CaCO3) precipitates under ambient pressures. Sporosarcina pasteurii biofilms were established and calcium and urea containing reagents were injected to promote saturation conditions favorable for CaCO3 precipitation followed by growth reagents to resuscitate the biofilm's ureolytic activity. Then, in order to evaluate this process at relevant deep subsurface pressures, a novel high pressure test vessel was developed to house the 74 cm diameter core under pressures as high as 96 bar (1,400 psi). After determining that no impact to the fracture permeability occurred due to increasing overburden pressure, the fractured core was sealed under subsurface relevant pressures relating to 457 meters (1,500 feet) below ground surface (44 bar (650 psi) overburden pressure). After fracture sealing under both ambient and subsurface relevant pressure conditions, the sandstone core withstood three times higher well bore pressure than during the initial fracturing event, which occurred prior to biofilm-induced CaCO3 mineralization. These studies suggest biofilm-induced CaCO3 precipitation technologies may potentially seal and strengthen high permeability regions or fractures (either natural or induced) in the subsurface. Novel high pressure test vessel to investigate biogeochemical processes under relevant subsurface scales and pressures.

Phillips, A. J.; Eldring, J.; Lauchnor, E.; Hiebert, R.; Gerlach, R.; Mitchell, A. C.; Esposito, R.; Cunningham, A. B.; Spangler, L.

2012-12-01

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Composite reactants of calcium chloride combined with functional carbon materials for chemical heat pumps  

Microsoft Academic Search

Enhancement of heat transfer in the reactor bed is one of the most important subjects for developing gas–solid chemical heat pumps. This study deals with composite reactants combining calcium chloride with expanded graphite (EG) and activated carbon fiber (ACF) to promote the reaction between calcium chloride and working fluid of methanol. We measured variations of effective thermal conductivity as well

Keiko Fujioka; Kensuke Hatanaka; Yushi Hirata

2008-01-01

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Growth Rate of Calcite Steps as a Function of Aqueous Calcium-to-Carbonate Ratio: Independent Attachment and Detachment of Calcium and Carbonate Ions  

SciTech Connect

Growth rates of monolayer-height steps on the {1014} calcite surface have been measured as a function of the aqueous calcium-to-carbonate ratio. The maximum growth rates of the two common crystallographic orientations were found to deviate from the ideal stoichiometric ratio of 1:1, and dissolution features were observed under supersaturated solutions containing high calcium-to-carbonate ratios. To explain these phenomena, a theory is applied that treats the rates of attachment and detachment of aqueous calcium and carbonate ions separately. The resultant attachment rate constants are 1-3 orders of magnitude smaller than the water exchange rate of the constituent aqueous ions, suggesting that ligand-exchange processes may directly drive attachment. The broader implication is that the saturation state alone is not adequate to fully describe the rates of the multiple, independent reactions that occur on mineral surfaces under these conditions.

Stack, Andrew G [ORNL; Grantham, Ms. Meg [Georgia Institute of Technology

2010-01-01

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The role of Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein and Nephrocalcin in calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization processes.  

PubMed

Theoretical considerations as well as clinical observations suggest that the aggregation of nucleated crystals is the most dangerous step in the formation of calcium oxalate (CaOx) renal stones. The effects of 2 major urinary glycoproteins, Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein (THP) and Nephrocalcin (NC), on calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystal aggregation in vitro are studied. At low ionic strength (IS) and high pH (within urinary limits), THP is a powerful crystal aggregation inhibitor (90% inhibition at 40 mg/l). Decreasing pH to 5.7 and raising IS to 0.21 increases TRP viscosity, thereby lowering THP crystal aggregation inhibition. Upon addition of calcium (5 mmol/l), some THPs are no more soluble and promote crystal aggregation (up to 70%). In the presence of citrate (5 mmol/l), which is only slightly inhibitory (14%), the promoting effect of THP is reversed into aggregation inhibition (up to 55%). There is evidence for a molecular abnormality in THPs from severe recurrent CaOx stone formers, since they exhibit increased polymerization and reduced solubility. The 14 kD (kilodalton), Gla-containing glycoprotein NC also strongly inhibits crystal aggregation. However, NC isolated from urines of recurrent CaOx stone formers and from CaOx renal stones are 10 times less inhibitory. Both are structurally abnormal in that they lack Gla and are less amphophilic. PMID:1808706

Hess, B

1991-09-01

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Effects of calcium carbonate particulate releasing surgical anchors on bone and tendon healing .  

E-print Network

??The Calaxo ® screw, developed by Smith and Nephew, is a novel biomedical composite composed of poly-DL-lactide-co-glycolide (PLLA:PGA) 85:15 and calcium carbonate particulates. Comparisons to… (more)

Medeiros, Jordan-Ryan J. I. K

2007-01-01

215

Physical characteristics of Medicago truncatula calcium oxalate crystals determine their effectiveness in insect defense  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Plant structural traits can act as defense against herbivorous insects, causing them to avoid feeding on a given plant or tissue. Mineral crystals of calcium oxalate in leaves of Medicago truncatula Gaertn. have previously been shown to be effective deterrents of lepidopteran insect feeding. They ar...

216

Inhibition and dissolution of calcium oxalate crystals by Berberis Vulgaris-Q and other metabolites  

Microsoft Academic Search

Inhibition and dissolution of calcium oxalate crystals in solutions containing a homoeopathic medicine Berberis Vulgaris-Q, amino acids such as aspartic acid, glutamic acid, ?-keto glutaric acid, a naturally occurring inhibitor and juices of some fruits of citrus group such as lemon, orange and mausammi have been studied. Considerable solubility was observed and found that in each case solubility changes with

Ishwar Das; S. K Gupta; V. N Pandey; Shoeb A Ansari

2004-01-01

217

Solubility, inhibited growth and dissolution kinetics of calcium oxalate crystals in solutions, containing hippuric acid  

Microsoft Academic Search

An analysis of crystal growth and dissolution of slightly soluble salts in physiological solutions in the presence of complexing ions was carried out, simulating conditions typical in human urine. It was found that hippuric acid, a normal physiological constituent of urine, acts at increased concentrations as a dissolving agent with respect to calcium oxalate (CaOx) and CaOx calculi. The kinetics

I. Gutzow; S. Atanassova; G. Budevsky; K. Neykov

1993-01-01

218

The effect of interfacial bonding of calcium phosphate cements containing bio-mineralized multi-walled carbon nanotube and bovine serum albumin on the mechanical properties of calcium phosphate cements  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of adding bio-mineralized hydroxyl functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs–OH) on the compressive strength of calcium phosphate cements (CPCs). Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was also incorporated as a protein which acts as promoter of hydroxyapatite (HA) crystal growth when bounded to CPC granules. The results show that the strong interfacial bonding

Kah Ling Low; Sharif Hussein Sharif Zein; Soon Huat Tan; David S. McPhail; Aldo R. Boccaccini

2011-01-01

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Calcium  

MedlinePLUS

Calcium is a mineral that is an essential part of bones and teeth. The heart, nerves, and blood-clotting systems also need calcium ... as well as the calcium-enriched citrus juices, mineral water, canned fish with bones, and soy products ...

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New and unusual forms of calcium oxalate raphide crystals in the plant kingdom.  

PubMed

Calcium oxalate crystals in higher plants occur in five major forms namely raphides, styloids, prisms, druses and crystal sand. The form, shape and occurrence of calcium oxalate crystals in plants are species- and tissue-specific, hence the presence or absence of a particular type of crystal can be used as a taxonomic character. So far, four different types of needle-like raphide crystals have been reported in plants. The present work describes two new and unusual forms of raphide crystals from the tubers of Dioscorea polystachya--six-sided needles with pointed ends (Type V) and four-sided needles with beveled ends (Type VI). Both of these new types of needles are distinct from the other four types by each having a surrounding membrane that envelopes a bundle of 10-20 closely packed thin crystalline sheets. The previously known four types of needles have solid or homogenous crystalline material, surrounded by a membrane or lamellate sheath called a crystal chamber. Only the Type VI crystals have beveled ends and the needles of the other five types have pointed ends. PMID:25139563

Raman, Vijayasankar; Horner, Harry T; Khan, Ikhlas A

2014-11-01

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Thermodynamic properties of synthetic calcium-free carbonate cancrinite  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calcium-free carbonate cancrinite with formula unit Na8.28[Al5.93Si6.07O24](CO3)0.93(OH)0.49·3.64H2O (CAN) has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The product has been characterized by the methods of scanning electronic microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis with FTIR of evolved gases (TGA-FTIR), and X-ray powder diffraction. The heat capacity of CAN has been measured from 6 to 259 K via low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry. A linear combination of Einstein functions has been used to approximate the obtained data on the heat capacity. The thermal contributions to the entropy and enthalpy of CAN in the temperature range 0-300 K have been calculated from these data. The heat capacity and third-law absolute entropy of CAN at 298.15 K are 1,047 ± 30 and 1,057 ± 35 J mol-1 K-1, respectively. High-temperature oxide-melt solution calorimetry has been used to determine the enthalpy of formation from elements of CAN at 298.15 K; the value equals -14,684 ± 50 kJ mol-1. The Gibbs energy of formation from elements at 298.15 K has been calculated and totaled -13,690 ± 51 kJ mol-1.

Kurdakova, S. V.; Grishchenko, R. O.; Druzhinina, A. I.; Ogorodova, L. P.

2014-01-01

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Designed three-dimensional freestanding single-crystal carbon architectures.  

PubMed

Single-crystal carbon nanomaterials have led to great advances in nanotechnology. The first single-crystal carbon nanomaterial, fullerene, was fabricated in a zero-dimensional form. One-dimensional carbon nanotubes and two-dimensional graphene have since followed and continue to provide further impetus to this field. In this study, we fabricated designed three-dimensional (3D) single-crystal carbon architectures by using silicon carbide templates. For this method, a designed 3D SiC structure was transformed into a 3D freestanding single-crystal carbon structure that retained the original SiC structure by performing a simple single-step thermal process. The SiC structure inside the 3D carbon structure is self-etched, which results in a 3D freestanding carbon structure. The 3D carbon structure is a single crystal with the same hexagonal close-packed structure as graphene. The size of the carbon structures can be controlled from the nanoscale to the microscale, and arrays of these structures can be scaled up to the wafer scale. The 3D freestanding carbon structures were found to be mechanically stable even after repeated loading. The relationship between the reversible mechanical deformation of a carbon structure and its electrical conductance was also investigated. Our method of fabricating designed 3D freestanding single-crystal graphene architectures opens up prospects in the field of single-crystal carbon nanomaterials and paves the way for the development of 3D single-crystal carbon devices. PMID:25329767

Park, Ji-Hoon; Cho, Dae-Hyun; Moon, Youngkwon; Shin, Ha-Chul; Ahn, Sung-Joon; Kwak, Sang Kyu; Shin, Hyeon-Jin; Lee, Changgu; Ahn, Joung Real

2014-11-25

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Influence of eggshell matrix proteins on the precipitation of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To understand the role of eggshell organic matrix on the biomineralization process, we have tested the influence of different purified fractions of the eggshell organic matrix on calcium carbonate (CaCO 3) precipitation. Purification was carried out after successive anion-exchange chromatography, hydrophobic interaction chromatography and gel filtration chromatography of two different prepurified eggshell extracts (A) and (B); the purified fractions (named g, h, n and r) and ( c', g', i', k') respectively were diluted to 50 ?g/ml before being tested in vitro and analysed by the sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) procedure and mass spectrometry. The precipitation experiments were carried out by the method of vapour diffusion on crystallization mushrooms. Each purified fraction showed a different effect on CaCO 3 precipitation. Some of them exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on nucleation, thus suppressing the precipitation of CaCO 3 almost totally while the others did not produce any notable effect. However, all fractions favoured the precipitation of calcite over the other CaCO 3 polymorphs. Additionally, all fractions modified in a different manner the size and morphology of the precipitated calcite crystals.

Hernández-Hernández, A.; Vidal, M. L.; Gómez-Morales, J.; Rodríguez-Navarro, A. B.; Labas, V.; Gautron, J.; Nys, Y.; García Ruiz, J. M.

2008-04-01

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Effects of phosphate pollutants on the growth of the oyster Crassostrea virginica in the Pamlico River estuary and on calcium carbonate crystallization in vitro. Part 2. Extension. Period of project: September 1, 1984-February 28, 1985  

SciTech Connect

Four phosphates at various concentrations were studied for effect on shell growth of the clam Rangia cuneata over 24 h and 36 h using /sup 45/Ca. Four phosphates, present in polluted waters, have been examined for their effects at various concentrations on crystallization rate of CaCO/sub 3/ in vitro. Growth of the clam in the Pamlico River, North Carolina, were followed during fall, winter, and spring along with records of phosphate, temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen of the native water. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

Wilbur, K.M.

1986-01-01

225

Efficacy, Tolerability, and Safety of Lanthanum Carbonate in Hyperphosphatemia: A 6Month, Randomized, Comparative Trial versus Calcium Carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background\\/Aims: Hyperphosphatemia is an important clinical consequence of renal failure, and its multiple adverse systemic effects are associated with significantly increased risks of morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients. Existing oral phosphate binders have not permitted control of serum phosphate within currently accepted guidelines. This study compares lanthanum carbonate with calcium carbonate for control of serum phosphate in hemodialysis patients.

A. J. Hutchison; B. Maes; J. Vanwalleghem; G. Asmus; E. Mohamed; R. Schmieder; W. Backs; R. Jamar; A. Vosskühler

2005-01-01

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Powder XRD and dielectric studies of gel grown calcium pyrophosphate crystals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Formation of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals in soft tissues such as cartilage, meniscus and synovial tissue leads to CPPD deposition diseases. The appearance of these crystals in the synovial fluid can give rise to an acute arthritic attack with pain and inflammation of the joints, a condition called pseudo-gout. The growth of CPP crystals has been carried out, in the present study, using the single diffusion gel growth technique, which can broadly mimic in vitro the condition in soft tissues. The crystals were characterized by different techniques. The FTIR study revealed the presence of various functional groups. Powder XRD study was also carried out to verify the crystal structure. The dielectric study was carried out at room temperature by applying field of different frequency from 500 Hz to 1 MHz. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss and a.c. resistivity decreased as frequency increased, whereas the a.c. conductivity increased as frequency increased.

Parekh, Bharat; Parikh, Ketan; Joshi, Mihir

2013-06-01

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Preparation, crystal structure and photoluminescence of garnet-type calcium tin titanium aluminates  

SciTech Connect

Colorless and transparent single crystals of Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 2.2}Ti{sub 0.8}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12}, which emit blue-white light under ultraviolet light, were prepared by heating a mixture of oxides and calcium carbonate with a calcium and aluminum-rich composition at 1500 {sup o}C. Single crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structure is the garnet-type with a cubic cell parameter (a=12.5309(3) A) and the space group, Ia 3-bar d (R1=0.0277, wR2=0.0663, and S=1.367 for all data). The structural formula is presented as Ca{sub 3}[Sn{sub 0.96}Ti{sub 0.04}]{sub octa}[Al{sub 0.67}Ti{sub 0.24}Sn{sub 0.09}]{sub tetra}O{sub 12}. Polycrystalline solid solutions of Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} were prepared by solid state reaction in air at 1370 {sup o}C with nominal titanium contents from x=0.6 to 1.4. The refined unit cell parameter decreased with increasing x. A broad blue-white emission with a peak wavelength of 465 nm was observed for the solid solutions at room temperature. -- Graphical abstract: Garnet-type solid solutions of Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} (x=0.6-1.4) were prepared. Sn{sup 4+} and Ti{sup 4+} partially occupy both tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The solid solutions showed a broad emission band peaking at 465 nm under UV excitation. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} New garnet-type solid solutions were found in the CaO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2}-SnO{sub 2} system. {yields} Single crystals of Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 2.2}Ti{sub 0.8}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} were obtained by the self-flux method. {yields} Solid solutions with nominal compositions Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} (x=0.6-1.4) were prepared by solid state reaction at 1370 {sup o}C. {yields} Sn{sup 4+} and Ti{sup 4+} partially occupy both tetrahedral and octahedral sites, respectively, in the garnet-type structure. {yields} Ca{sub 3}Sn{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} solid solutions emitted blue-white light with a peak wavelength at 465 nm under UV irradiation.

Yamane, Hisanori, E-mail: yamane@tagen.tohoku.ac.j [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Kawano, Tetsuya [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

2011-05-15

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Effect of calcium carbonate combined with calcitonin on hypercalcemia in hemodialysis patients.  

PubMed

This short-term study assessed the efficacy and safety of calcium carbonate combined with calcitonin in the treatment of hypercalcemia in hemodialysis patients. Patients (n?=?64) on hemodialysis for chronic kidney disease for more than 6 months were included based on total serum calcium more than 10.5?mg/dL. All patients were randomized (1?:?1) to receive calcium carbonate combined with calcitonin (Group I) or lanthanum carbonate (Group II) for 12 weeks. Blood levels of calcium, phosphorus and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) were measured every month, bone mass density (BMD) and coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) were measured at 3 months. During the study period, serum calcium decreased from 10.72?±?0.39 to 10.09?±?0.28?mg/dL (P < 0.05), serum phosphorus decreased from 6.79?±?1.05 to 5.46?±?1.18?mg/dL (P < 0.05), and serum iPTH levels in the Group I and Group II were not significantly different from the baseline. There were no significant differences in CACS in either group. There were no significant differences in the BMD values between Group I and baseline. In Group II, the BMD values at the lumbar spine and femoral neck were significantly lower than those before the trial and significantly lower than the corresponding values of Group I (P?Calcium carbonate combined with calcitonin and lanthanum carbonate were equally effective in the suppression of hypercalcemia in hemodialysis patients. There were no serious treatment-related adverse events in treatment with calcium carbonate combined with calcitonin. PMID:24674384

Wei, Yong; Kong, Xiang Lei; Li, Wen Bin; Wang, Zun Song

2014-12-01

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SURVEY OF NUMBER AND ARRANGEMENT OF CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTALS IN LEAVES OF ANNUAL AND PERENNIAL SOYBEAN AND ALLIED TAXA  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soybean is only one of many flowering plants that contain calcium oxalate crystals in its plant organs, especially in the leaves. Even though the functional significance of the crystals is still not understood, the sometimes massive amount, location and structure of crystals have been used in syste...

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Sulfur Cycling Mediates Calcium Carbonate Geochemistry in Modern Marine Stromatolites  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Modem marine stromatolites forming in Highborne Cay, Exumas (Bahamas), contain microbial mats dominated by Schizothrix. Although saturating concentrations of Ca2+ and CO32- exist, microbes mediate CaCO3 precipitation. Cyanobacterial photosynthesis in these stromatolites aids calcium carbonate precipitation by removal of HS+ through CO2 use. Photorespiration and exopolymer production predominantly by oxygenic phototrophs fuel heterotrophic activity: aerobic respiration (approximately 60 umol/sq cm.h) and sulfate reduction (SR; 1.2 umol SO42-/sq cm.h) are the dominant C- consuming processes. Aerobic microbial respiration and the combination of SR and H2S oxidation both facilitate CaCO3 dissolution through H+ production. Aerobic respiration consumes much more C on an hourly basis, but duel fluctuating O2 and H2 depth profiles indicate that overall, SR consumes only slightly less (0.2-0.5) of the primary production. Moreover, due to low O2 concentrations when SR rates are peaking, reoxidation of the H2S formed is incomplete: both thiosulfate and polythionates are formed. The process of complete H2S oxidation yields H+. However, due to a low O2 concentration late in the day and relatively high O2 concentrations early in the following morning, a two-stage oxidation takes place: first, polythionates are formed from H2S, creating alkalinity which coincides with CaCO3 precipitation; secondly, oxidation of polythionates to sulfate yields acidity, resulting in dissolution, etc. Vertical profiles confirmed that the pH peaked late in the afternoon (greater than 8.8) and had the lowest values (less than 7.4) early in the morning. Thus, the effect of this S-cycling through alkalinity production, followed by acidification during H2S oxidation, results in a six times stronger fluctuation in acidity than photosynthesis plus aerobic respiration accomplish. This implies that anaerobic processes play a pivotal role in stromatolite formation.

Visscher, P. T.; Hoeft, S. E.; Bebout, B. M.; Reid, R. P.

2004-01-01

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Compactibility of mixtures of calcium carbonate and microcrystalline cellulose.  

PubMed

A patented coprocessed mixture of microcrystalline cellulose (MC) and calcium carbonate (CC) is claimed to perform, as a pharmaceutical excipient, equal or better than pure MC. To investigate it, the tensile strength (T) of tablets made of mixtures of MC type 102, CC, magnesium stearate (MS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and formed under a compaction pressure (P(c)) ranging up to 618 MPa has been determined. The compactibility of the mixtures was defined through regression parameters obtained with ln(-ln(1-T/T(max)))=slope x lnP(c) + intercept. MC/CC mixtures, P(c)=618 MPa, show a small decrease in tablet tensile strength with CC proportions up to about 20%, falling considerably thereafter. Lower compaction pressures, P(c)< or =332 MPa, show a continuous decrease in tensile strength as the CC proportion increases. A MC drastic fall in tablet tensile strength due to 2%-MS, P(c)=487 MPa, was recovered to 35% of its original value admixing about 25% CC. This maximal value of recovery showed a shift to lower proportions of CC, up to 10%, as compaction pressure decreased. This was attributed to lower CC-particles fragmentation or agglomerates spreading at lower compaction pressures. Mixtures with increased plasticity (MC/CC/PVP and MC/CC/PVP/MS) showed an increased compactibility, which was more evident at higher compaction pressures and higher CC proportions, presumably due to higher deformation and erosion of PVP particles. Inclusion of about 40% CC in a MC/PVP/MS mixture showed 60% recovery of the original MC tablet tensile strength. Lower MS proportions are expected to allow a higher recovery. PMID:11719011

Garzón, M de Lourdes; Villafuerte, Leopoldo

2002-01-01

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CO2 bioconversion using carbonic anhydrase (CA): effects of PEG rigidity on the structure of bio-mineralized crystal composites.  

PubMed

The combined effect of both carbonic anhydrase (CA) and the rigidity of polyethylene glycol (PEG) were found to assist the bio-mineralized crystallization behavior of CO2 differentially. In this study, different forms of magnetically responsive calcium carbonate (CaCO3) crystal composites were successfully formed from gaseous CO2 by using the different forms of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) in a constant CO2 pressure controlled chamber. Polygonal particles were produced with more rigid polymer chains (branched PEG), whereas less rigid polymer chains (PEG) induced the formation of ellipsoidal particles. However, no morphological changes occurred without the presence of CA. PMID:23845271

Hwang, Ee Taek; Gang, Haemin; Gu, Man Bock

2013-10-20

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Surface-engineered bacterial cellulose as template for crystallization of calcium phosphate.  

PubMed

Bacterial cellulose (BC), produced by Acetobacter xylinum, and cotton linters as reference were surface modified by ozone-induced graft polymerization of acrylic acid and used as a template for crystallization of calcium phosphate. The grafting was verified using attenuated total reflection-infrared radiation (ATR-IR) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA). ATR-IR revealed an additional absorption band at 1700 cm(-1), corresponding to the carbonyl group in polyacrylic acid. ESCA figures show, apart from the characteristic peaks for cellulose, additional peaks at 285 eV and 289 eV that correspond to groups in acrylic acid. The grafting yield is higher on cotton linters compared with BC, which most likely has to do with differences in crystallinity and reactivity of the different cellulose materials. No morphology difference directly caused by grafting could be seen with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which might indicate that acrylic acid was grafted as a thin film on the surface of the cellulose micro fibrils. Calcium phosphate was formed on the surface-modified cellulose by first pre-soaking the materials in a saturated Ca(OH)2 and later in simulated body fluid (SBF). The atomic ratio of calcium phosphate was determined by ESCA to be about 1.5 for the different materials. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) was used to map and verify that the crystals were calcium phosphate. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) was also used to verify the presence of calcium phosphate complex onto BC. SEM images showed the difference in dimension, distribution and morphology of the crystals depending on the materials. Smaller and a greater number of crystals were obtained on the surface-modified BC and larger and fewer crystals on surface-modified cotton linters. Structural and grafting differences between the celluloses may lead to differences in nucleation sites and possibly differences in the morphology of the Ca-P crystals. The BC-calcium phosphate composite is expected to be useful as a scaffold for bone tissue regeneration. PMID:16768294

Bodin, Aase; Gustafsson, Lena; Gatenholm, Paul

2006-01-01

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Preparation, crystal growth and luminescence in calcium sulphide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The preparation of microcrystalline CaS of high purity, as determined from X-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption spectrophotometry, is reported. Systematic doping of CaS with between 2.0×10 -5 and 1.5×10 -3 mole parts of Mn has been carried out. Single crystal CaS, taking an octahedral habit with side dimensions up to 1 mm, has been prepared by chemical vapour transport using iodine at a concentration of 1 ?g mm -3 for growth over a temperature differential 1200 to 800°C. A model supported by thermodynamic data is advanced for crystal growth of CaS with HI rather than I 2 being postulated as the principal transporting agent. Fluorescent emission spectra have indicated substantial emission in the blue-green for undoped single crystal CaS and for microcrystalline CaS with low Mn levels, whilst for 7.5×10 -4 and 1.5×10 -3 mole parts of Mn significant orange emission at 575 nm

Brightwell, J. W.; Ray, B.; Buckley, C. N.

1982-09-01

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On the fracture characteristics of impact tested high density polyethylene–calcium carbonate nanocomposites  

Microsoft Academic Search

The mechanical response of calcium carbonate-reinforced high density polyethylene nanocomposite is investigated and the behavior compared with the unreinforced polyethylene processed under similar conditions. The reinforcement of high density polyethylene with nanocalcium carbonate retains adequately high strength in the temperature range of ?40 to +20°C. The positive influence of reinforcement on the impact strength is reflected in the fracture characteristics

C. Deshmane; Q. Yuan; R. D. K. Misra

2007-01-01

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Exotic behavior and crystal structures of calcium under pressure.  

PubMed

Experimental studies established that calcium undergoes several counterintuitive transitions under pressure: fcc --> bcc --> simple cubic --> Ca-IV --> Ca-V, and becomes a good superconductor in the simple cubic and higher-pressure phases. Here, using ab initio evolutionary simulations, we explore the behavior of Ca under pressure and find a number of new phases. Our structural sequence differs from the traditional picture for Ca, but is similar to that for Sr. The beta-tin (I4(1)/amd) structure, rather than simple cubic, is predicted to be the theoretical ground state at 0 K and 33-71 GPa. This structure can be represented as a large distortion of the simple cubic structure, just as the higher-pressure phases stable between 71 and 134 GPa. The structure of Ca-V, stable above 134 GPa, is a complex host-guest structure. According to our calculations, the predicted phases are superconductors with Tc increasing under pressure and reaching approximately 20 K at 120 GPa, in good agreement with experiment. PMID:20382865

Oganov, Artem R; Ma, Yanming; Xu, Ying; Errea, Ion; Bergara, Aitor; Lyakhov, Andriy O

2010-04-27

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Improved calcium sulfate recovery from a reverse osmosis retentate using eutectic freeze crystallization.  

PubMed

A novel low temperature crystallization process called eutectic freeze crystallization (EFC) can produce both salt(s) and ice from a reverse osmosis (RO) stream by operating at the eutectic temperature of a solution. The EFC reject stream, which is de-supersaturated with respect to the scaling component, can subsequently be recycled back to the RO process for increased water recovery. This paper looks at the feasibility of using EFC to remove calcium sulfate from an RO retentate stream and compares the results to recovery rates at 0 and 20 °C. The results showed that there was a greater yield of calcium sulfate obtained at 0 °C as compared with 20 °C. Operation under eutectic conditions, with only a 20% ice recovery, resulted in an even greater yield of calcium sulfate (48%) when compared with yields obtained at operating temperatures of 0 and 20 °C (15% at 0 °C and 13% at 20 °C). The theoretical calcium recoveries were found to be 75 and 70% at 0 and 20 °C respectively which was higher than the experimentally determined values. The EFC process has the added advantage of producing water along with a salt. PMID:23128631

Randall, D G; Mohamed, R; Nathoo, J; Rossenrode, H; Lewis, A E

2013-01-01

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A simple method for quantitating the propensity for calcium oxalate crystallization in urine  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To assess the propensity for spontaneous crystallization of calcium oxalate in urine, the permissible increment in oxalate is calculated. The previous method required visual observation of crystallization with the addition of oxalate, this warranted the need for a large volume of urine and a sacrifice in accuracy in defining differences between small incremental changes of added oxalate. Therefore, this method has been miniaturized and spontaneous crystallization is detected from the depletion of radioactive oxalate. The new "micro" method demonstrated a marked decrease (p < 0.001) in the permissible increment in oxalate in urine of stone formers versus normal subjects. Moreover, crystallization inhibitors added to urine, in vitro (heparin or diphosphonate) or in vivo (potassium citrate administration), substantially increased the permissible increment in oxalate. Thus, the "micro" method has proven reliable and accurate in discriminating stone forming from control urine and in distinguishing changes of inhibitory activity.

Wabner, C. L.; Pak, C. Y.

1991-01-01

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Inhibition and dissolution of calcium oxalate crystals by Berberis Vulgaris-Q and other metabolites  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Inhibition and dissolution of calcium oxalate crystals in solutions containing a homoeopathic medicine Berberis Vulgaris-Q, amino acids such as aspartic acid, glutamic acid, ?-keto glutaric acid, a naturally occurring inhibitor and juices of some fruits of citrus group such as lemon, orange and mausammi have been studied. Considerable solubility was observed and found that in each case solubility changes with time or concentration periodically. Chelation may be one of the reasons for inhibition.

Das, Ishwar; Gupta, S. K.; Pandey, V. N.; Ansari, Shoeb A.

2004-07-01

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Diphosphonates Inhibit Formation of Calcium Phosphate Crystals in vitro and Pathological Calcification in vivo  

Microsoft Academic Search

Two diphosphonates containing the P-C-P bond, CH3C(OH)(PO3HNa)2 and H2C(PO3HNa)2, inhibit the crystallization of calcium phosphate in vitro and prevent aortic calcification of rats given large amounts of vitamin D3. The diphosphonates therefore have effects similar to those described for compounds containing the P-O-P bond but are active when administered orally.

Marion D. Francis; R. Graham G. Russell; Herbert Fleisch

1969-01-01

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Microstructural characterization of calcium flouride single crystals deformed in steady state  

Microsoft Academic Search

Calcium fluoride single crystals have been deformed in compression to conditions of steady-state deformation in the temperature range 590 to 907° C (0.53 to 0.72T\\/Tm). The deformation microstructures have been characterized using cold-stage transmission electron microscopy. The microstructure of deformed samples is seen to consist of dislocation tangles, networks and subgrain boundaries. Dislocation structures in the subgrain boundaries have been

William M. Sherry; John B. Vander Sande

1981-01-01

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Powder X-ray diffraction can differentiate between enantiomeric variants of calcium lactate pentahydrate crystal in cheese.  

PubMed

Powder X-ray diffraction has been used for decades to identify crystals of calcium lactate pentahydrate in Cheddar cheese. According to this method, diffraction patterns are generated from a powdered sample of the crystals and compared with reference cards within a database that contains the diffraction patterns of known crystals. During a preliminary study of crystals harvested from various Cheddar cheese samples, we observed 2 slightly different but distinct diffraction patterns that suggested that calcium lactate pentahydrate may be present in 2 different crystalline forms. We hypothesized that the 2 diffraction patterns corresponded to 2 enantiomeric forms of calcium lactate pentahydrate (l- and dl-) that are believed to occur in Cheddar cheese, based on previous studies involving enzymatic analyses of the lactate enantiomers in crystals obtained from Cheddar cheeses. However, the powder X-ray diffraction database currently contains only one reference diffraction card under the title "calcium lactate pentahydrate." To resolve this apparent gap in the powder X-ray diffraction database, we generated diffraction patterns from reagent-grade calcium l-lactate pentahydrate and laboratory-synthesized calcium dl-lactate pentahydrate. From the resulting diffraction patterns we determined that the existing reference diffraction card corresponds to calcium dl-lactate pentahydrate and that the other form of calcium lactate pentahydrate observed in cheese crystals corresponds to calcium l-lactate pentahydrate. Therefore, this report presents detailed data from the 2 diffraction patterns, which may be used to prepare 2 reference diffraction cards that differentiate calcium l-lactate pentahydrate from calcium dl-lactate pentahydrate. Furthermore, we collected crystals from the exteriors and interiors of Cheddar cheeses to demonstrate the ability of powder X-ray diffraction to differentiate between the 2 forms of calcium lactate pentahydrate crystals in Cheddar cheeses. Powder X-ray diffraction results were validated using enzymatic assays for lactate enantiomers. These results demonstrated that powder X-ray diffraction can be used as a diagnostic tool to quickly identify different forms of calcium lactate pentahydrate that may occur in Cheddar cheese. PMID:25459903

Tansman, G F; Kindstedt, P S; Hughes, J M

2014-10-18

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Theoretical study of the dimerization of calcium carbonate in aqueous solution under natural water conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

First principles calculations have been used to investigate the condensation reactions of hydrated calcium bicarbonate monomers in a simulated aqueous environment. The reaction pathway for the calcium bicarbonate dimerization process has been computed at the density functional theory-PBE level with the COSMO dielectric continuum model to simulate the hydrated environment. The results indicate that calcium bicarbonate dimers form via an associative mechanism: the first step involves a sevenfold calcium bicarbonate intermediate followed by the loss of one water molecule from the first coordination shell of calcium. Both steps are characterised by a low energy barrier of approximately 2 kcal mol -1, suggesting that the dimerization process is not kinetically hindered in aqueous solution. However, the Gibbs free energies for the condensation reactions to form the calcium bicarbonate dimers and the species Ca(HCO 3) 2(H 2O) 4, Ca(HCO 3) 3(H 2O) 3- and Ca 2(HCO 3)(H 2O) 103+, computed using the PBE and mPW1B95 density functional theory levels for the gas-phase component and the UAHF-CPCM solvation model for the hydration contribution, are all positive, which indicates that the formation of these early calcium bicarbonate clusters is thermodynamically unfavourable in aqueous solutions. Our calculations therefore suggest that the oligomerization of calcium carbonate is not spontaneous in water, at the conditions considered in our simulations, i.e. T = 298 K and neutral pH, which indicates that the nucleation of calcium carbonate cannot occur through a homogeneous process when calcium-bicarbonate ion pairs are the major source of CaCO 3 in the aqueous environment.

Di Tommaso, Devis; de Leeuw, Nora H.

2009-09-01

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Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Polymer Nanocomposites  

E-print Network

This paper focuses on the fabrication via simple melt blending of thermotropic liquid crystal polyester (TLCP) nanocomposites reinforced with a very small quantity of modified carbon nanotube (CNT) and the unique effects ...

Kim, Jun Young

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Calcium Carbonate Formation by Synechococcus sp. Strain PCC 8806 and Synechococcus sp. Strain PCC 8807  

SciTech Connect

Precipitation of CaCO3 catalyzed by the growth and physiology of cyanobacteria in the Genus Synechococcus represents a potential mechanism for sequestration of CO2 produced during the burning of coal for power generation. Microcosm experiments were performed in which Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8806 and Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8807 were tested for their ability to calcify when exposed to a fixed calcium concentration of 3.4 mM and bicarbonate concentrations of 0.5, 1.25 and 2.5 mM. Disappearance of soluble calcium was used as an indicator of CaCO3 formation; results from metabolically active microcosms were compared to controls with no cells or no carbonate added. Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8806 removed calcium continuously over the duration of the experiment with approximately 18.6 mg of calcium in the solid phase. Calcium removal occurred over a two-day time period when Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8807 was tested and only 8.9 mg of calcium was removed in the solid phase. The ability of the cyanobacteria to create an alkaline growth environment appeared to be the primary factor responsible for CaCO3 precipitation in these experiments. Removal of inorganic carbon by fixation into biomass was insignificant compared to the mass of inorganic carbon removed by incorporation into the growing CaCO3 solid.

Lee, Brady D.; William A. Apel; Michelle R. Walton

2006-12-01

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Summary of ENDF/B-V evaluations for carbon, calcium, iron, copper, and lead and ENDF/B-V Revision 2 for calcium and iron  

SciTech Connect

This report, together with documents already published, describes the ENDF/B-V evaluations of the neutron and gamma-ray-production cross sections for carbon, calcium, iron, copper, and lead and the ENDF/B-V Revision 2 evaluations for calcium and iron.

Fu, C Y

1982-09-01

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Revisiting spatial distribution and biochemical composition of calcium-containing crystals in human osteoarthritic articular cartilage  

PubMed Central

Introduction Calcium-containing (CaC) crystals, including basic calcium phosphate (BCP) and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPP), are associated with destructive forms of osteoarthritis (OA). We assessed their distribution and biochemical and morphologic features in human knee OA cartilage. Methods We prospectively included 20 patients who underwent total knee replacement (TKR) for primary OA. CaC crystal characterization and identification involved Fourier-transform infra-red spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy of 8 to 10 cartilage zones of each knee, including medial and lateral femoral condyles and tibial plateaux and the intercondyle zone. Differential expression of genes involved in the mineralization process between cartilage with and without calcification was assessed in samples from 8 different patients by RT-PCR. Immunohistochemistry and histology studies were performed in 6 different patients. Results Mean (SEM) age and body mass index of patients at the time of TKR was 74.6 (1.7) years and 28.1 (1.6) kg/m², respectively. Preoperative X-rays showed joint calcifications (chondrocalcinosis) in 4 cases only. The medial femoro-tibial compartment was the most severely affected in all cases, and mean (SEM) Kellgren-Lawrence score was 3.8 (0.1). All 20 OA cartilages showed CaC crystals. The mineral content represented 7.7% (8.1%) of the cartilage weight. All patients showed BCP crystals, which were associated with CPP crystals for 8 joints. CaC crystals were present in all knee joint compartments and in a mean of 4.6 (1.7) of the 8 studied areas. Crystal content was similar between superficial and deep layers and between medial and femoral compartments. BCP samples showed spherical structures, typical of biological apatite, and CPP samples showed rod-shaped or cubic structures. The expression of several genes involved in mineralization, including human homolog of progressive ankylosis, plasma-cell-membrane glycoprotein 1 and tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, was upregulated in OA chondrocytes isolated from CaC crystal-containing cartilages. Conclusions CaC crystal deposition is a widespread phenomenon in human OA articular cartilage involving the entire knee cartilage including macroscopically normal and less weight-bearing zones. Cartilage calcification is associated with altered expression of genes involved in the mineralisation process. PMID:24004678

2013-01-01

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Crystal structure of complex natural aluminum magnesium calcium iron oxide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The structure of a new natural oxide found near the Tashelga River (Eastern Siberia) was studied by X-ray diffraction. The pseudo-orthorhombic unit cell parameters are a = 5.6973(1) Å, b = 17.1823(4) Å, c = 23.5718(5) Å, ? = 90°, sp. gr. Pc. The structure was refined to R = 0.0516 based on 4773 reflections with | F| > 7?( F) taking into account the twin plane perpendicular to the z axis (the twin components are 0.47 and 0.53). The crystal-chemical formula ( Z = 4) is Ca2Mg{2/IV}Fe{2/(2+)IV}[Al{14/VI}O31(OH)][Al{2/IV}O][AlIV]ALIV(OH)], where the Roman numerals designate the coordination of the atoms. The structure of the mineral is based on wide ribbons of edge-sharing Al octahedra (an integral part of the spinel layer). The ribbons run along the shortest x axis and are inclined to the y and z axes. The adjacent ribbons are shifted with respect to each other along the y axis, resulting in the formation of step-like layers in which the two-ribbon thickness alternates with the three-ribbon thickness. Additional Al octahedra and Mg and Fe2+ tetrahedra are located between the ribbons. The layers are linked together to form a three-dimensional framework by Al tetrahedra, Ca polyhedra, and hydrogen bonds with the participation of OH groups.

Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Aksenov, S. M.; Verin, I. A.

2010-07-01

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Effects of polymer concentration on the morphology of calcium phosphate crystals formed in polyacrylamide hydrogels  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Growing crystals in hydrogels is an attractive method to form inorganic solids with designed morphology under ambient conditions. Precipitation of the inorganic solids in a hydrogel matrix can be regarded as mimicking the process of biomineralization. In the construction of biominerals, an organic template composed of insoluble macromolecules is used to control the crystal growth of the inorganic compounds. The morphological control in biomineralization can be applied to artificial reaction systems. In this study, the morphology of calcium phosphate crystals formed in polymeric hydrogels of various polymer concentrations was investigated. Spherical octacalcium phosphate (OCP) precipitated in the polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels. Fibrous crystals gradually covered the surface of the spherical crystals as the polymer concentration of the gel increased. The morphology of the OCP crystals changed from sea urchin shapes to wool-ball shapes with increasing PAAm concentration. The morphological change is generated by the template effect of the polymer wall, which is made up of stacked PAAm sheets, surrounding the spherical OCP crystals.

Yokoi, Taishi; Kawashita, Masakazu; Ohtsuki, Chikara

2013-11-01

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Original article Availability of calcium from skim milk, calcium sulfate  

E-print Network

Original article Availability of calcium from skim milk, calcium sulfate and calcium carbonate; accepted 19 November 1999) Abstract --Dairy products provide abundant, accessible calcium for humans, while some calcium sulfate-rich mineral waters could provide appreciable amounts of calcium

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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CALCIUM HYDROXIDE AND CALCIUM CARBONATE PARTICLE SIZE EFFECTS ON REACTIVITY WITH SULFUR DIOXIDE  

EPA Science Inventory

The paper reports results of measurements of the effect of in situ calcium-based sorbent particle size upon reactivity with 3000 ppm SO2 in an 1100 c drop-tube furnace, using on-line collection of the reacted sorbent with a particle cascade impactor. Significant agglomeration occ...

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Crystal structure of complex natural aluminum magnesium calcium iron oxide  

SciTech Connect

The structure of a new natural oxide found near the Tashelga River (Eastern Siberia) was studied by X-ray diffraction. The pseudo-orthorhombic unit cell parameters are a = 5.6973(1) A, b = 17.1823(4) A, c = 23.5718(5) A, {beta} = 90{sup o}, sp. gr. Pc. The structure was refined to R = 0.0516 based on 4773 reflections with vertical bar F vertical bar > 7{sigma}(F) taking into account the twin plane perpendicular to the z axis (the twin components are 0.47 and 0.53). The crystal-chemical formula (Z = 4) is Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}{sup IV}Fe{sub 2}{sup (2+)IV}[Al{sub 14}{sup VI}O{sub 31}(OH)][Al{sub 2}{sup IV}O][Al{sup IV}]AL{sup IV}(OH)], where the Roman numerals designate the coordination of the atoms. The structure of the mineral is based on wide ribbons of edge-sharing Al octahedra (an integral part of the spinel layer). The ribbons run along the shortest x axis and are inclined to the y and z axes. The adjacent ribbons are shifted with respect to each other along the y axis, resulting in the formation of step-like layers in which the two-ribbon thickness alternates with the three-ribbon thickness. Additional Al octahedra and Mg and Fe{sup 2+} tetrahedra are located between the ribbons. The layers are linked together to form a three-dimensional framework by Al tetrahedra, Ca polyhedra, and hydrogen bonds with the participation of OH groups.

Rastsvetaeva, R. K., E-mail: rast@ns.crys.ras.ru; Aksenov, S. M.; Verin, I. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

2010-07-15

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Therapeutic effect of Xue Niao An on glyoxylate-induced calcium oxalate crystal deposition based on urinary metabonomics approach  

PubMed Central

The anti-nephrolithiasis effect of Xue Niao An (XNA) capsules is explored by analyzing urine metabolic profiles in mouse models, with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF/MS). An animal model of calcium oxalate crystal renal deposition was established in mice by intra-abdominal injection of glyoxylate. Then, treatment with XNA by intra-gastric administration was performed. At the end of the study, calcium deposition in kidney was measured by Von Kossa staining under light microscopy, and the Von Kossa staining changes showed that XNA significantly alleviated the calcium oxalate crystal deposition. Meanwhile, urine samples for fifteen metabolites, including amino acids and fatty acids, with significant differences were detected in the calcium oxalate group, while XNA treatment attenuated metabolic imbalances. Our study indicated that the metabonomic strategy provided comprehensive insight on the metabolic response to XNA treatment of rodent renal calcium oxalate deposition. PMID:25411524

Peng, Zhongjiang; Chen, Wei; Gao, Songyan; Su, Li; Li, Na; Wang, Li; Lou, Ziyang; Dong, Xin; Guo, Zhiyong

2014-01-01

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Synthesis of nanocrystals of gadolinium carbonate by reaction crystallization.  

PubMed

The formation of nano-sized crystals of gadolinium carbonate via reaction crystallization was studied in a semi-batch crystallizer using gadolinium chloride and ammonium hydrogen carbonate as the reactants. The gadolinium carbonate crystals were formed by the aggregation of primary particles sized about 5 nm. Thereby, the crystallization parameters acting directly on the aggregation of the primary particles, such as the reactant concentrations, non-stoichiometry of the reactants, solution pH, acoustic energy, and agitation speed, were mechanistically investigated. As such, increasing the reactant concentrations enhanced the crystal size due to higher nucleation of the primary particles for the aggregation. Non-stoichiometric reactant concentrations resulted in a significant reduction of the crystal size, due to the adsorption of the excess species on the primary particles. Similarly, the surface charge of the primary particles depended on the solution pH. Thus, the crystal size was reduced when the pH deviated from the neutral point. The acoustic cavitation of the ultrasound was much more effective than the turbulent fluid motion of the agitation in inhibiting the primary particle aggregation. Thus, the crystal size was remarkably reduced, even at a low acoustic energy of 6 watts. PMID:22755060

He, Xin-Kuai; Shin, Dongmin; Kim, Woo-Sik

2012-03-01

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Chemical Preparation of Carbonated Calcium Hydroxyapatite Powders at 37  

E-print Network

NCONH2), at 37 C and pH of 7.4, by using a novel chemical precipitation technique. These powders were nearly equal to those of the inorganic constituents of human blood plasma, were ®rst used by Kokubo et al and the most stable compound of calcium phosphate phases in aqueous solutions at pH values higher than 4

Tas, A. Cuneyt

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Basic calcium phosphate crystal-induced Egr-1 expression stimulates mitogenesis in human fibroblasts  

SciTech Connect

Previously, we have reported that basic calcium phosphate (BCP) crystals stimulate mitogenesis and synthesis of matrix metalloproteinases in cultured human foreskin and synovial fibroblasts. However, the detailed mechanisms involved are still unclear. In the present study, using RT-PCR and Egr-1 promoter analysis we showed that BCP crystals could stimulate early growth response gene Egr-1 transcription through a PKC{alpha}-dependent p44/p42 MAPK pathway. Using a retrovirus gene expression system (Clontech) to overexpress Egr-1 in human fibroblast BJ-1 cells resulted in promotion of mitogenesis measured either by MTT cell proliferation analysis or by direct cell counting. The results demonstrate that Egr-1 may play a key role in mediating BCP crystal-induced synovial fibroblast mitogenesis.

Zeng, Xiao R. [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gablek, FL 33146 (United States); Sun Yubo [Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33101 (United States); Wenger, Leonor [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gablek, FL 33146 (United States); Cheung, Herman S. [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gablek, FL 33146 (United States) and Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33101 (United States) and Research Service and the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, FL 33125 (United States)]. E-mail: hcheung@med.miami.edu

2005-05-13

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Effects of pre-treatments and organic matter on oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of skeletal and inorganic calcium carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The oxygen and carbon isotope composition of skeletal and inorganic calcites and aragonites was measured with or without pre-treatments (vacuum roasting, NaOCl and H2O2 treatments) used for removing organic matter. In addition, mixtures of pure calcium carbonate and organic matter (simple organic compounds, coal and kerogen) were analyzed with or without the thermal and oxidizing treatments. The studied organic substances have no effect on isotope analyses of untreated samples carried out by using the phosphoric acid method. The experimental results indicate that the roasting treatment may produce carbon isotope exchange between calcium carbonate and organic matter. Changes in original [delta]18O and [delta]13C values of calcites and [delta]13C values of aragonites were observed after the NaOCl treatment of the skeletal and inorganic samples. The H2O2 treatment causes minor deviations in original [delta] values, although may cause partial dissolution of calcium carbonate. Unnecessary usage of pre-treatment methods may be a source of errors in stable isotope analyses and palaeotemperature determinations based on the oxygen isotope composition of skeletal carbonates.

Wierzbowski, Hubert

2007-11-01

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Chemical analysis and molecular models for calcium-oxygen-carbon interactions in black carbon found in fertile Amazonian anthrosoils.  

PubMed

Carbon particles containing mineral matter promote soil fertility, helping it to overcome the rather unfavorable climate conditions of the humid tropics. Intriguing examples are the Amazonian Dark Earths, anthropogenic soils also known as "Terra Preta de Índio'' (TPI), in which chemical recalcitrance and stable carbon with millenary mean residence times have been observed. Recently, the presence of calcium and oxygen within TPI-carbon nanoparticles at the nano- and mesoscale ranges has been demonstrated. In this work, we combine density functional theory calculations, scanning transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, and high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of TPI-carbons to elucidate the chemical arrangements of calcium-oxygen-carbon groups at the molecular level in TPI. The molecular models are based on graphene oxide nanostructures in which calcium cations are strongly adsorbed at the oxide sites. The application of material science techniques to the field of soil science facilitates a new level of understanding, providing insights into the structure and functionality of recalcitrant carbon in soil and its implications for food production and climate change. PMID:24892495

Archanjo, Braulio S; Araujo, Joyce R; Silva, Alexander M; Capaz, Rodrigo B; Falcão, Newton P S; Jorio, Ado; Achete, Carlos A

2014-07-01

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MEDICAGO TRUNCATULA MUTANTS DEMONSTRATE THE ROLE OF PLANT CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTALS AS AN EFFECTIVE DEFENSE AGAINST CHEWING INSECTS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Calcium oxalate is the most abundant insoluble mineral found in plants and its crystals have been reported in over 200 plant families. In the barrel medic, Medicago truncatula Gaertn., these crystals accumulate predominantly in a sheath surrounding secondary veins of leaves. Mutants of M. truncatul...

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Calcium.  

PubMed

This chapter describes the chemical and biological value of the calcium ion. In calcium chemistry, our main interest is in equilibria within static, nonflowing systems. Hence, we examined the way calcium formed precipitates and complex ions in solution. We observed thereafter its uses by humankind in a vast number of materials such as minerals, e.g., marble, concrete, mortars, which parallel the biological use in shells and bones. In complex formation, we noted that many combinations were of anion interaction with calcium for example in the uses of detergents and medicines. The rates of exchange of calcium from bound states were noted but they had little application. Calcium ions do not act as catalysts of organic reactions. In biological systems, interest is in the above chemistry, but extends to the fact that Ca2+ ions can carry information by flowing in one solution or from one solution to another through membranes. Hence, we became interested in the details of rates of calcium exchange. The fast exchange of this divalent ion from most organic binding sites has allowed it to develop as the dominant second messenger. Now the flow can be examined in vitro as calcium binds particular isolated proteins, which it activates as seen in physical mechanical changes or chemical changes and this piece-by-piece study of cells is common. Here, however, we have chosen to stress the whole circuit of Ca2+ action indicating that the cell is organized both at a basal and an activated state kinetic level by the steady state flow of the ion (see Fig. 11). Different time constants of exchange utilizing very similar binding constants lead to: 1) fast responses as in the muscle of an animal; or 2) slower change as in differentiation of an egg or seed. Many other changes of state may relate to Ca2+ steady-state levels of flow in the circuitry and here we point to two: 1) dormancy in reptiles and animals; and 2) sporulation in both bacteria and lower plants. In the other chapters of this volume many components of the overall circuitry will be described. The reader should try to marry these into the overall activity of the cell for on top of molecular biology there is the cooperative system molecular biology of cells. To give an analogy, whereas much can be understood from the analysis of the properties of single-isolated water molecules, even examining their interaction in ice, this study alone cannot lead to an appreciation of the melting or boiling points of bulk water. PMID:11833348

Williams, Robert J P

2002-01-01

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Calcium carbonate precipitation by strain Bacillus licheniformis AK01, newly isolated from loamy soil: a promising alternative for sealing cement-based materials.  

PubMed

The relevant experiments were designed to determine the ability of indigenous bacterial strains isolated from limestone caves, mineral springs, and loamy soils to induce calcium carbonate precipitation. Among all isolates examined in this study, an efficient carbonate-precipitating soil bacterium was selected from among the isolates and identified by 16S rRNA gene sequences as Bacillus licheniformis AK01. The ureolytic isolate was able to grow well on alkaline carbonate-precipitation medium and precipitate calcium carbonate more than 1?g?L(-1) . Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) examinations were performed in order to confirm the presence of calcium carbonate in the precipitate and to determine which polymorphs were present. The selected isolate was determined to be an appropriate candidate for application in a surface treatment of cement-based material to improve the properties of the mortar. Biodeposition of a layer of calcite on the surface of cement specimens resulted in filling in pore spaces. This could be an alternative method to improve the durability of the mortar. The kind of bacterial culture and medium composition had a profound impact on the resultant CaCO3 crystal morphology. PMID:25590872

Vahabi, Ali; Ramezanianpour, Ali Akbar; Sharafi, Hakimeh; Zahiri, Hossein Shahbani; Vali, Hojatollah; Noghabi, Kambiz Akbari

2015-01-01

262

Nanoporous Carbon Tubes from Fullerene Crystals as the ?-Electron Carbon Source.  

PubMed

Here we report the thermal conversion of one-dimensional (1D) fullerene (C60 ) single-crystal nanorods and nanotubes to nanoporous carbon materials with retention of the initial 1D morphology. The 1D C60 crystals are heated directly at very high temperature (up to 2000?°C) in vacuum, yielding a new family of nanoporous carbons having ?-electron conjugation within the sp(2) -carbon robust frameworks. These new nanoporous carbon materials show excellent electrochemical capacitance and superior sensing properties for aromatic compounds compared to commercial activated carbons. PMID:25425340

Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Shrestha, Rekha Goswami; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Hill, Jonathan P; Nishimura, Toshiyuki; Miyazawa, Kun'ichi; Kawai, Takazumi; Okada, Susumu; Wakabayashi, Katsunori; Ariga, Katsuhiko

2015-01-12

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Ab initio simulation on the crystal structure and elastic properties of carbonated apatite.  

PubMed

Ab initio quantum mechanical (QM) calculations were employed to study the crystal structure and elastic properties of carbonated apatite (CAp). Two locations for the carbonate ion in the apatite lattice were considered: carbonate substituting for OH(-) ion (type-A), and for PO4(3-) ion (type-B) with possible charge compensation mechanisms. A combined type-AB substitution (two carbonate ions replacing one phosphate group and one hydroxyl group, respectively) was also investigated. The results show that the most energetically stable substitution is type-AB, followed by type-A and then type-B. The most stable configuration of type-A has its carbonate triangular plane almost parallel to c-axis at z=0.46. The lowest energy configuration of type-B is that with a sodium ion substituting for a calcium ion for charge balance and the carbonate lying on the b/c-plane of apatite. Lattice parameter changes after carbonate substitution in hydroxyapatite (HA) agree with reported experimental results qualitatively: for type-A, lattice parameter a increases but c decreases; and for type-B, lattice parameter a decreases but c increases. Using the calculated CAp stable structures, we also calculated the elastic properties of CAp and compared them with those of HA and biological apatites. PMID:23811277

Ren, Fuzeng; Lu, Xiong; Leng, Yang

2013-10-01

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Role of organic matrix in urinary stone formation: an ultrastructural study of crystal matrix interface of calcium oxalate monohydrate stones.  

PubMed

Human calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) urinary stones were decalcified by treatment with a mixture of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution and Karnovsky's fixative after embedding in bactoagar. Decalcified stones were examined by light microscopy, and also by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Stones had distinct nuclei that were occupied by amorphous or apatitic calcium phosphate or aggregates of spherulitic COM crystals. EDTA insoluble matrix was ubiquitous in stones and consisted largely of finely matted fibrous material. It was organized in concentric laminations in the peripheral area of the stone but appeared highly disorganized in the stone center. Crystals were replaced by crystal ghosts. Organic matrix was present both inside the crystals and in the intercrystalline spaces. The study indicates a very close association between crystals and organic matrix. The relationship appears to begin early in crystal formation and persists throughout the formative and growth phases of the urinary stones. PMID:8510264

Khan, S R; Hackett, R L

1993-07-01

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CO.sub.2 Pretreatment prevents calcium carbonate formation  

DOEpatents

Scale formation during the liquefaction of lower ranking coals and similar carbonaceous materials is significantly reduced and/or prevented by pretreatment with carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide pretreatment is believed to convert the scale-forming components to the corresponding carbonate prior to liquefaction. The pretreatment is accomplished at a total pressure within the range from about 14 to about 68 atmospheres and a carbon dioxide partial pressure within the range from about 14 to about 34 atmospheres. Temperature during pretreatment will generally be within the range from about 100.degree. to about 200.degree. C.

Neavel, Richard C. (Baytown, TX); Brunson, Roy J. (Buffalo Grove, IL); Chaback, Joseph J. (Worthington, OH)

1980-01-01

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Is CO 2 evolution in saline soils affected by an osmotic effect and calcium carbonate?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Salt-affected soils are widespread, particularly in arid climates, but information on nutrient dynamics and carbon dioxide\\u000a (CO2) efflux from salt-affected soils is scarce. Four laboratory incubation experiments were conducted with three soils. To determine\\u000a the influence of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) on respiration in saline and non-saline soils, a loamy sand (6.3% clay) was left unamended or amended with NaCl to

Raj Setia; Petra Marschner; Jeff Baldock; David Chittleborough

2010-01-01

267

An atlas of the distribution of calcium carbonate in sediments of the deep sea  

Microsoft Academic Search

The goals of this study were to: (1) digest available sedimentary data into a format appropriate for validating models of oceanic calcium carbonate (CaCOâ) dynamics, (2) estimate the inventory of deep sea CaCOâ available for neutralization of fossil fuel carbon dioxide, and (3) determine the variability of CaCOâ preservation relative to local saturation conditions. CaCOâ concentrations in global deep sea

David E. Archer

1996-01-01

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Medicago truncatula Mutants Demonstrate the Role of Plant Calcium Oxalate Crystals as an Effective Defense against Chewing Insects1  

PubMed Central

Calcium oxalate is the most abundant insoluble mineral found in plants and its crystals have been reported in more than 200 plant families. In the barrel medic Medicago truncatula Gaertn., these crystals accumulate predominantly in a sheath surrounding secondary veins of leaves. Mutants of M. truncatula with decreased levels of calcium oxalate crystals were used to assess the defensive role of this mineral against insects. Caterpillar larvae of the beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua Hübner show a clear feeding preference for tissue from calcium oxalate-defective (cod) mutant lines cod5 and cod6 in choice test comparisons with wild-type M. truncatula. Compared to their performance on mutant lines, larvae feeding on wild-type plants with abundant calcium oxalate crystals suffer significantly reduced growth and increased mortality. Induction of wound-responsive genes appears to be normal in cod5 and cod6, indicating that these lines are not deficient in induced insect defenses. Electron micrographs of insect mouthparts indicate that the prismatic crystals in M. truncatula leaves act as physical abrasives during feeding. Food utilization measurements show that, after consumption, calcium oxalate also interferes with the conversion of plant material into insect biomass during digestion. In contrast to their detrimental effects on a chewing insect, calcium oxalate crystals do not negatively affect the performance of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris, a sap-feeding insect with piercing-sucking mouthparts. The results confirm a long-held hypothesis for the defensive function of these crystals and point to the potential value of genes controlling crystal formation and localization in crop plants. PMID:16514014

Korth, Kenneth L.; Doege, Sarah J.; Park, Sang-Hyuck; Goggin, Fiona L.; Wang, Qin; Gomez, S. Karen; Liu, Guangjie; Jia, Lingling; Nakata, Paul A.

2006-01-01

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Crystallization characteristics of ammonium uranyl carbonate (AUC) in ammonium carbonate solutions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ammonium carbonate solutions with an excessive amount of NH 3 were produced in a commercial AUC (ammonium uranyl carbonate) conversion plant. In this study the AUC crystals, precipitated with uranyl nitrate and ammonium carbonate solutions prepared in the laboratory, were characterized to determine the feasibility of recycling ammonium carbonate solution. The AUC crystals were easily agglomerated with the increasing concentration of CO 32- and mole ratio of {NH 4+}/{CO 32-} in ammonium carbonate solution. Effects of a mixing system for the solution in the AUC crystallizer and the feed location of the solution on the agglomeration of AUC crystals were also studied along with the effects of agglomerated AUC powders on UO 2 powders. Finally, the feasibility of manufacturing UO 2 fuel with a sintered pellet density of 10.52 g/cm 3, using the AUC powders generated in this experiment, was demonstrated.

Tae-Joon, Kim; Kyung-Chai, Jeong; Jin-Ho, Park; In-Soon, Chang; Cheong-Song, Choi

1994-05-01

270

Influence of excessive filler coating on the tensile properties of LDPE–calcium carbonate composites  

Microsoft Academic Search

Calcium carbonate fillers are usually coated with stearic acid to reduce their surface energy and improve their dispersion in polymers. Commercial products are often over-coated and contain an excess of surfactant. It was found that stearic acid linearly increases the modulus and yield stress of LDPE but reduces its tensile strength, yield strain, and ultimate elongation. The influence of surfactant

Maged A. Osman; Ayman Atallah; Ulrich W. Suter

2004-01-01

271

A model for predicting the carbonation depth of concrete containing low-calcium fly ash  

Microsoft Academic Search

Low-calcium fly ash (FL) is a general product from the combustion of anthracite and bituminous coals and has been widely used as a mineral admixture to produce high strength and high performance concrete. Carbonation of cement blended with fly ash is much more complex than ordinary Portland cement because of the pozzolanic activity in an aluminosilicate glass phase of fly

Xiao-Yong Wang; Han-Seung Lee

2009-01-01

272

Equations of state for calcite minerals. I. theoretical model for dry calcium carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes a theoretical equation of state (EOS) for calcium carbonate that includes a treatment of solid-solid phase transitions and melting. The thermodynamic properties for each of four solid polymorphs are calculated by combining contributions from ion-ion interactions (cold curve) and lattice vibrational motion. A model for the liquid phase is constructed using fluid perturbation theory. The phase boundaries

Gerald I. Kerley

1989-01-01

273

Biomimetic soy protein nanocomposites with calcium carbonate crystalline arrays for use as wood adhesive  

E-print Network

and bonding strength of soy protein adhesives. Glue strength of soy protein hybrid adhesive was higher than 6 2010 Available online 21 March 2010 Keywords: Wood glue Calcium carbonate Gecko adhesion Soy protein the adhesion strength. The structure and morphology of the adhesive and its fracture bonding interface

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PROGRESS REPORT. THE INFLUENCE OF CALCIUM CARBONATE GRAIN COATINGS ON CONTAMINANT REACTIVITY IN VADOSE ZONE SEDIMENTS  

EPA Science Inventory

This project explores the behavior of calcium carbonate grain coatings, including how they form and dissolve, their reactivity toward key Hanford contaminants, their impact (as surface coatings) on the reactivity of other mineral substrates, and on their in-ground composition and...

275

EXPERIMENTAL DETERMINATION OF THE CALCIUM CARBONATE SATURATION STATES OF WATER SYSTEMS (TECHNICAL NOTE)  

EPA Science Inventory

Emphasis is given to the fact that saturation indexes only indicate the tendency of a water to dissolve or precipitate calcium carbonate (CaCo3). The rate at which a given water attains equilibrium cannot be derived from the saturation index value....

276

Trichomes of Tobacco Excrete Zinc as Zinc-Substituted Calcium Carbonate and Other  

E-print Network

Trichomes of Tobacco Excrete Zinc as Zinc-Substituted Calcium Carbonate and Other Zinc.F., M.A.M.) Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv Xanthi) plants were exposed to toxic levels of zinc (Zn to study biomineralization and metal homeostasis processes in plants. Smoking of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum

277

A transparent hybrid of nanocrystalline cellulose and amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nanocellulose hybrids are promising candidates for biodegradable multifunctional materials. Hybrids of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles were obtained through a facile chemical approach over a wide range of compositions. Controlling the interactions between NCC and ACC results in hard, transparent structures with tunable composition, homogeneity and anisotropy.Nanocellulose hybrids are promising candidates for biodegradable multifunctional materials. Hybrids

Denis Gebauer; Vitaliy Oliynyk; Michaela Salajkova; Jordi Sort; Qi Zhou; Lennart Bergström; German Salazar-Alvarez

2011-01-01

278

Temperature-Dependent Heterogeneous Efflorescence of Mixed Ammonium Sulfate/Calcium Carbonate Particles  

E-print Network

studies of pure aqueous electrolyte droplets such as ammonium nitrate11-13 are not readily observedTemperature-Dependent Heterogeneous Efflorescence of Mixed Ammonium Sulfate/Calcium Carbonate Form: September 14, 2000 In this paper, we report observations on single internally mixed ammonium

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A transparent hybrid of nanocrystalline cellulose and amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles.  

PubMed

Nanocellulose hybrids are promising candidates for biodegradable multifunctional materials. Hybrids of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles were obtained through a facile chemical approach over a wide range of compositions. Controlling the interactions between NCC and ACC results in hard, transparent structures with tunable composition, homogeneity and anisotropy. PMID:21850350

Gebauer, Denis; Oliynyk, Vitaliy; Salajkova, Michaela; Sort, Jordi; Zhou, Qi; Bergström, Lennart; Salazar-Alvarez, German

2011-09-01

280

Hot alkali carbonation of sodium metaphosphate modified fly ash/calcium aluminate blend hydrothermal cements  

SciTech Connect

Sodium metaphosphate-modified fly ash/calcium aluminate blend (SFCB) cements were prepared by autoclaving for 1 day at 300 C and their resistance was evaluated in a highly concentrated Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} solution at 300 C. The hydroxyapatite and analcime phases formed in the autoclaved SFCB cements played an essential role in conferring resistance to the degradation of cements caused by alkali carbonation. Although the carbonating reaction of the analcime phase led to the formation of cancrinite, this analcime cancrinite transformation did not show any influence on the changes in the mechanical and physical properties of the cements. Additionally, there was no formation of the water-soluble calcium bicarbonate in the cements exposed for 28 days. Contrarily, the conventional class G cement systems were very vulnerable to a hot alkali carbonation. The major reason for the damage caused by carbonation of the cements was the fact that the xonotlite phase formed in the 300{degree} autoclaved cements was converted into two carbonation products, calcite and pectolite. Furthermore, the reaction between calcite and carbonic acid derived from Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} led to the formation of water-soluble calcium bicarbonate, thereby causing the alteration of dense structures into porous ones and the loss of strength of cements.

Sugama, T. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States). Energy Efficiency and Conservation Div.] [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States). Energy Efficiency and Conservation Div.

1996-11-01

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Rapid hydrothermal flow synthesis and characterisation of carbonate- and silicate-substituted calcium phosphates  

PubMed Central

A range of crystalline and nano-sized carbonate- and silicate-substituted hydroxyapatite has been successfully produced by using continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis technology. Ion-substituted calcium phosphates are better candidates for bone replacement applications (due to improved bioactivity) as compared to phase-pure hydroxyapatite. Urea was used as a carbonate source for synthesising phase pure carbonated hydroxyapatite (CO3-HA) with ?5?wt% substituted carbonate content (sample 7.5CO3-HA) and it was found that a further increase in urea concentration in solution resulted in biphasic mixtures of carbonate-substituted hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate. Transmission electron microscopy images revealed that the particle size of hydroxyapatite decreased with increasing urea concentration. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy result revealed a calcium deficient apatite with Ca:P molar ratio of 1.45 (±0.04) in sample 7.5CO3-HA. For silicate-substituted hydroxyapatite (SiO4-HA) silicon acetate was used as a silicate ion source. It was observed that a substitution threshold of ?1.1?wt% exists for synthesis of SiO4-HA in the continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis system, which could be due to the decreasing yields with progressive increase in silicon acetate concentration. All the as-precipitated powders (without any additional heat treatments) were analysed using techniques including Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Differential scanning calorimetry, Thermogravimetric analysis, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. PMID:22983020

Knowles, Jonathan C; Rehman, Ihtesham; Darr, Jawwad A

2013-01-01

282

Evidence for Calcium Carbonate at the Phoenix Landing Site  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Phoenix mission has recently finished its study of the north polar environment of Mars with the aim to help understand both the current climate and to put constraints on past climate. An important part of understanding the past climate is the study of secondary minerals, those formed by reaction with volatile compounds such as H2O and CO2. This work describes observations made by the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) on the Phoenix Lander related to carbonate minerals. Carbonates are generally considered to be products of aqueous processes. A wet and warmer climate during the early history of Mars coupled with a much denser CO2 atmosphere are ideal conditions for the aqueous alteration of basaltic materials and the subsequent formation of carbonates. Carbonates (Mg- and Ca-rich) are predicted to be thermodynamically stable minerals in the present martian environment, however, there have been only a few indications of carbonates on the surface by a host of orbiting and landed missions to Mars. Carbonates (Mg-rich) have been suggested to be a component (2-5 wt %) of the martian global dust based upon orbital thermal emission spectroscopy. The identifications, based on the presence of a 1480 cm-1 absorption feature, are consistent with Mgcarbonates. A similar feature is observed in brighter, undisturbed soils by Mini-TES on the Gusev plains. Recently, Mg-rich carbonates have been identified in the Nili Fossae region by the CRISM instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Carbonates have also been confirmed as aqueous alteration phases in martian meteorites so it is puzzling why there have not been more discoveries of carbonates by landers, rovers, and orbiters. Carbonates may hold important clues about the history of liquid water and aqueous processes on the surface of Mars.

Boynton, W. V.; Ming, D. W.; Sutter, B.; Arvidson, R. E.; Hoffman, J.; Niles, P. B.; Smith, P.

2009-01-01

283

Microstructural characterization of calcium flouride single crystals deformed in steady state  

Microsoft Academic Search

Calcium fluoride single crystals have been deformed in compression to conditions of steady-state deformation in the temperature\\u000a range 590 to 907 C (0.53 to 0.72T\\/T\\u000a m). The deformation microstructures have been characterized using cold-stage transmission electron microscopy. The microstructure\\u000a of deformed samples is seen to consist of dislocation tangles, networks and subgrain boundaries. Dislocation structures in\\u000a the subgrain boundaries have

William M. Sherry; John B. Vander Sande

1981-01-01

284

Crystal Structure of Calcium-depleted Bacillus licheniformis?-amylase at 2.2 Å Resolution  

Microsoft Academic Search

The three-dimensional structure of the calcium-free form ofBacillus licheniformis?-amylase (BLA) has been determined by multiple isomorphous replacement in a crystal of space groupP43212 (a=b=119.6 Å,c=85.4 Å). The structure was refined using restrained crystallographic refinement to anR-factor of 0.177 for 28,147 independent reflections with intensitiesFObs0 at 2.2 Å resolution, with root mean square deviations of 0.008 Å and 1.4° from ideal

M. Machius; G. Wiegand; R. Huber

1995-01-01

285

Crystal structure and phase transformations of calcium yttrium orthophosphate, Ca 3Y(PO 4) 3  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Crystal structure and phase transformations of calcium yttrium orthophosphate Ca 3Y(PO 4) 3 were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The high-temperature phase is isostructural with eulytite, cubic (space group I4¯3d) with a=0.983320(5) nm, V=0.950790(8) nm 3, Z=4 and D x=3.45 Mg m -3. The crystal structure was refined with a split-atom model, in which the oxygen atoms are distributed over two partially occupied sites. Below the stable temperature range of eulytite, the crystal underwent a martensitic transformation, which is accompanied by the formation of platelike surface reliefs. The inverted crystal is triclinic (space group P1) with a=1.5726(1) nm, b=0.84267(9) nm, c=0.81244(8) nm, ?=109.739(4)°, ?=90.119(5)°, ?=89.908(7)°, V=1.0134(1) nm 3, Z=4 and D x=3.24 Mg m -3. The crystal grains were composed of pseudo-merohedral twins. The adjacent twin domains were related by the pseudo-symmetry mirror planes parallel to {101¯} with the composition surface {101¯}. When the eulytite was cooled relatively slowly from the stable temperature range, the decomposition reaction of Ca 3Y(PO 4) 3? ?-Ca 3(PO 4) 2+YPO 4 occurred.

Fukuda, Koichiro; Iwata, Tomoyuki; Niwa, Takahiro

2006-11-01

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Effect of calcium carbonate on the compliance of an apatitic calcium phosphate bone cement.  

PubMed

Clinical requirements for calcium phosphate bone cements were formulated in terms of the initial setting time, the final setting time, the cohesion time and the ultimate compressive strength. Three cement formulations were tested. The previously developed Biocement H was made of a powder containing alpha-tertiary calcium phosphate and precipitated hydroxyapatite. Biocement B2 powder was made by adding some CaCO3 to Biocement H, whereas Biocement B1 was made by adding some CaCO3 but with simultaneous adjustment of the amount of precipitated hydroxyapatite.The liquid/ powder ratio of the cement paste and the accelerator concentrations (percentage Na2HPO4) in cement liquid were varied. For Biocement H there was no combination of L/P ratio and percentage Na2HPO4 for which all clinical requirements were satisfied. However, there was an area of full compliance for Biocements B1 and B2, of which that for B1 was the largest. Therefore, Biocement B1 may be applied in clinical situations as those in orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery, even when early contact with blood is inevitable. PMID:9430336

Khairoun, I; Boltong, M G; Driessens, F C; Planell, J A

1997-12-01

287

Crystallization kinetics of calcium oxalate in fresh, minimally diluted urine: comparison of recurrent stone formers and healthy controls in a continuous mixed suspension mixed product removal crystallizer.  

PubMed

A reproducible method has been developed for studying calcium oxalate crystallization from fresh, minimally diluted (92%) urine with the mixed suspension mixed product removal continuous crystallization technique. All samples were adjusted to give the same starting calcium and oxalate concentrations. Twenty-one recurrent male stone formers were compared with twenty-two healthy controls. There was no difference in crystal growth rates but crystal nucleation rates were much higher in the control group (p = 0.003). Using growth rate and nucleation rate results, the amount of crystalline material in suspension was shown to be lower in the urine from stone formers, and therefore the equilibrium supersaturation in the crystallizer was lower in the control group (p = 0.001). We propose that the ability of a healthy person's urine to maintain a lower supersaturation is a crucial protective factor distinguishing non-stone formers from stone formers. PMID:8437278

Kavanagh, J P; Nishio, S; Garside, J; Blacklock, N J

1993-03-01

288

Catechin prevents the calcium oxalate monohydrate induced renal calcium crystallization in NRK-52E cells and the ethylene glycol induced renal stone formation in rat  

PubMed Central

Background Reactive oxygen species play important roles in renal calcium crystallization. In this study, we examined the effects of catechin, which have been shown to have antioxidant properties on the renal calcium crystallization. Methods In the vitro experiment, the changes of the mitochondrial membrane potential, expression of superoxide dismutase (SOD), 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), cytochrome c, and cleaved caspase 3 were measured to show the effects of catechin treatment on the NRK-52E cells induced by calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM). In the vivo study, Sprague–Dawley rats were administered 1% ethylene glycol (EG) to generate a rat kidney stone model and then treated with catechin (2.5 and 10 mg/kg/day) for 14 days. The urine and serum variables were dected on 7 and 14 days after EG administration. The expression of cytochrome c, cleaved caspase 3, SOD, osteopontin (OPN), malondialdehyde (MDA), 8-hydroxy-2?-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in kidney were measured. Furthermore, the mitochondrial microstructure in the kidney was also examined by transmission electron microscopy. Results Catechin treatment could prevent the changes in mitochondrial membrane potential and expression of SOD, 4-HNE, cytochrome c, and cleaved caspase 3 in NRK-52E cells induced by the COM. For the in vivo experiments, the EG administration induced renal calcium crystallization was also prevented by the catechin. The expression of SOD, OPN, MDA, OPN and 8-OHdG, were increased after EG administration and this increase was diminished by catechin. Moreover, catechin also prevented EG induced mitochondrial collapse in rat. Conclusions Catechin has preventive effects on renal calcium crystallization both in vivo and in vitro, and provide a potential therapeutic treatment for this disease. PMID:24044655

2013-01-01

289

Climatically driven loss of calcium in steppe soil as a sink for atmospheric carbon  

USGS Publications Warehouse

During the last several thousand years the semi-arid, cold climate of the Russian steppe formed highly fertile soils rich in organic carbon and calcium (classified as Chernozems in the Russian system). Analysis of archived soil samples collected in Kemannaya Steppe Preserve in 1920, 1947, 1970, and fresh samples collected in 1998 indicated that the native steppe Chernozems, however, lost 17-28 kg m-2 of calcium in the form of carbonates in 1970-1998. Here we demonstrate that the loss of calcium was caused by fundamental shift in the steppe hydrologic balance. Previously unleached soils where precipitation was less than potential evapotranspiration are now being leached due to increased precipitation and, possibly, due to decreased actual evapotranspiration. Because this region receives low levels of acidic deposition, the dissolution of carbonates involves the consumption of atmospheric CO2. Our estimates indicate that this climatically driven terrestrial sink of atmospheric CO2 is ???2.1-7.4 g C m-2 a-1. In addition to the net sink of atmospheric carbon, leaching of pedogenic carbonates significantly amplified seasonal amplitude of CO2 exchange between atmosphere and steppe soil. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

Lapenis, A.G.; Lawrence, G.B.; Bailey, S.W.; Aparin, B.F.; Shiklomanov, A.I.; Speranskaya, N.A.; Torn, M.S.; Calef, M.

2008-01-01

290

Nanoscale analysis of the morphology and surface stability of calcium carbonate polymorphs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Under earth surface conditions, in ocean and natural water, calcium carbonate is ubiquitous, forming anhydrous and hydrous minerals. These hydrous phases are of considerable interest for their role as precursors to stable carbonate minerals. Atomistic simulation techniques have been employed here to perform a comprehensive and quantitative study of the structural and energetic stability of dry and hydrous surfaces of calcium carbonate polymorphs using two recently developed forcefields. Results show that the dry forms are prone to ductility; while hydrous phases are found to be brittle. The (001) surface of monohydrocalcite appears to be the most stable (0.99 J/m2) whereas for the ikaite phase, the (001) surface is the most stable. The corresponding value is 0.2 J/m2, i.e. even lower than the surface energy of the Beautiful computed morphology pictures are obtained with Xiao's model and are very similar to the observed SEM images.

Sekkal, W.; Zaoui, A.

2013-04-01

291

Nanoscale analysis of the morphology and surface stability of calcium carbonate polymorphs  

PubMed Central

Under earth surface conditions, in ocean and natural water, calcium carbonate is ubiquitous, forming anhydrous and hydrous minerals. These hydrous phases are of considerable interest for their role as precursors to stable carbonate minerals. Atomistic simulation techniques have been employed here to perform a comprehensive and quantitative study of the structural and energetic stability of dry and hydrous surfaces of calcium carbonate polymorphs using two recently developed forcefields. Results show that the dry forms are prone to ductility; while hydrous phases are found to be brittle. The (001) surface of monohydrocalcite appears to be the most stable (0.99?J/m2) whereas for the ikaite phase, the (001) surface is the most stable. The corresponding value is 0.2?J/m2, i.e. even lower than the surface energy of the Beautiful computed morphology pictures are obtained with Xiao's model and are very similar to the observed SEM images. PMID:23545842

Sekkal, W.; Zaoui, A.

2013-01-01

292

The Properties and Characteristics of Concretes Containing Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) and Synthetic Lightweight Aggregate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of precipitated calcium carbonate as a means for enhancing the mechanical and environmental favorability of concretes containing synthetic lightweight aggregates (SLA), which are comprised of recycled mixed plastic and fly ash. Compressive strength tests show that 2% calcium carbonate additions are able to mitigate strength decreases induced by SLA as well as decrease concrete density when compared to NWA concretes. SLA concretes containing 5% calcium carbonate do not show the same trend. Instead, strength decreases and density increases are observed. Furthermore, increases in aluminum trisulphate (AFt) phase mineralization are observed through scanning electron microscopy. Results suggest that calcium carbonate additions increase early hydration and stabilize AFt minerals thaumasite and ettringite throughout hydration. It is proposed that increased AFt phase mineralization causes reductions in concrete density. However, a limit to this relationship was observed as additions of greater than 2% calcium carbonate exceed the potential for increased hydration, causing a threshold effect that resulted in calcium carbonate acting as filler, which increases density. Improved mechanical properties and the ability to stabilize waste plastics, fly ash, and CO2 emissions make the use of 2% calcium carbonate in conjunction with SLA a favorable alternative to ordinary concretes.

Ramos, Matthew J.

293

Identification of human urinary trefoil factor 1 as a novel calcium oxalate crystal growth inhibitor  

PubMed Central

Previous research on proteins that inhibit kidney stone formation has identified a relatively small number of well-characterized inhibitors. Identification of additional stone inhibitors would increase understanding of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of nephrolithiasis. We have combined conventional biochemical methods with recent advances in mass spectrometry (MS) to identify a novel calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystal growth inhibitor in normal human urine. Anionic proteins were isolated by DEAE adsorption and separated by HiLoad 16/60 Superdex 75 gel filtration. A fraction with potent inhibitory activity against CaOx crystal growth was isolated and purified by anion exchange chromatography. The protein in 2 subfractions that retained inhibitory activity was identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time-of-flight MS and electrospray ionization–quadrupole–time-of-flight tandem MS as human trefoil factor 1 (TFF1). Western blot analysis confirmed the mass spectrometric protein identification. Functional studies of urinary TFF1 demonstrated that its inhibitory potency was similar to that of nephrocalcin. The inhibitory activity of urinary TFF1 was dose dependent and was inhibited by TFF1 antisera. Anti–C-terminal antibody was particularly effective, consistent with our proposed model in which the 4 C-terminal glutamic residues of TFF1 interact with calcium ions to prevent CaOx crystal growth. Concentrations and relative amounts of TFF1 in the urine of patients with idiopathic CaOx kidney stone were significantly less (2.5-fold for the concentrations and 5- to 22-fold for the relative amounts) than those found in controls. These data indicate that TFF1 is a novel potent CaOx crystal growth inhibitor with a potential pathophysiological role in nephrolithiasis. PMID:16308573

Chutipongtanate, Somchai; Nakagawa, Yasushi; Sritippayawan, Suchai; Pittayamateekul, Jeeraporn; Parichatikanond, Paisal; Westley, Bruce R.; May, Felicity E.B.; Malasit, Prida; Thongboonkerd, Visith

2005-01-01

294

Optical Study of Liquid Crystal Doped with Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Liquid crystalline materials have been useful for display devices i.e watches, calculators, automobile dashboards, televisions, multi media projectors etc. as well as in electro tunable lasers, optical fibers and lenses. Carbon nanotube is chosen as the main experimental factor in this study as it has been observed that Carbon Nano Tube influence the existing properties of liquid crystal host and with the doping of CNT can enhance1 the properties of LC. The combination of carbon nanotube (CNT) and liquid crystal (LC) materials show considerable interest in the scientific community due to unique physical properties of CNT in liquid crystal. Dispersion of CNTs in LCs can provide us a cheap, simple, versatile and effective means of controlling nanotube orientation on macroscopic scale with no restrictions on nanotube type. LCs have the long range orientational order rendering them to be anisotropic phases. If CNTs can be well dispersed in LC matrix, they will align with their long axes along the LC director to minimize distortions of the LC director field and the free energy. In this paper, we doped liquid crystal (Cholesteryl Nonanoate) by a small amount of multiwall carbon nanotube 0.05% and 0.1% wt. We found that by adding carbon nanotube to liquid crystals the melting point of the mixture is decreased but TNI is increased. It has been also observed that with incereas in concentration of carbon nanotube into liquid crystal shows conciderable effect on LC. The prepared samples were characterized using various techniques to study structural, thermal and optical properties i.e PMS, FPSS, UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR measurements, and DTA.

Gharde, Rita A.; Thakare, Sangeeta Y.

2014-11-01

295

Investigating the Role of Carbonate Ion Concentration on the Magnesium Content of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The fields of biomineralization and carbonate geochemistry are undergoing a paradigm shift with the realization that the formation of calcite with diverse compositions and textures can be understood within the framework of multiple pathways to mineralization. Many organisms do not form their skeletons via the classical step-growth process, but instead mineralization occurs through a mesocrystal pathway that begins with the formation of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC), which subsequently transforms to calcite. Little is known about factors that regulate this type of calcification because the last 50 years of research have focused almost entirely on step-growth processes. In particular, new findings indicate that the chemical signatures and properties of calcites that form via an amorphous pathway are significantly different. Variable temperature has been shown to influence the amount of magnesium that is incorporated into ACC, but the effect of alkalinity has not been constrained. Here, a flow-through method was developed to produce ACC within a geochemically relevant pH range and with a constant supersaturation, and to determine the effect of carbonate ion concentration on magnesium uptake. The experimental approach uses a high precision syringe pump to prepare ACC under specified and constant chemical conditions. This study used two syringes that contained: 1) 100 ml of MgCl2?6H2O and CaCl2?2H2O such that the Mg/Ca ratio is fixed at 5:1 (modern seawater), and 2) 100 ml of 60mM - 400mM NaHCO3. The initial sodium bicarbonate solutions were buffered to a pH of 9.75 using NaOH, and upon mixing with the 5:1 Mg/Ca solution the resulting pH range was 9.2 - 9.7. All experiments were performed at temperatures between 21.5 and 23 degrees Celsius. Solution and solids were collected on 0.20 micron filter paper with a vacuum pump running continuously. Experiments were typically conducted for an hour and a half and all samples were rinsed with distilled deionized water before collection. The final ACC samples were characterized using a combination of SEM, Raman Spectroscopy, and ICP-OES. Preliminary results indicate that the Mg content of ACC increases with the carbonate ion concentration of the input solution. This shift in composition corresponds with measurements of a smaller average particle size. Future work will determine if the ACC that forms at these different carbonate concentrations subsequently influences the composition and structure of the final crystalline products. Findings from this work may lead to better predictions of how biological calcification processes will respond to the shifts in carbonate chemistry that accompany ocean acidification.

Blue, C.; Dove, P. M.; Han, N.

2011-12-01

296

Nanoscale Confinement Controls the Crystallization of Calcium Phosphate: Relevance to Bone Formation  

PubMed Central

A key feature of biomineralization processes is that they take place within confined volumes, in which the local environment can have significant effects on mineral formation. Herein, we investigate the influence of confinement on the formation mechanism and structure of calcium phosphate (CaP). This is of particular relevance to the formation of dentine and bone, structures of which are based on highly mineralized collagen fibrils. CaP was precipitated within 25–300 nm diameter, cylindrical pores of track etched and anodised alumina membranes under physiological conditions, in which this system enables systematic study of the effects of the pore size in the absence of a structural match between the matrix and the growing crystals. Our results show that the main products were polycrystalline hydroxapatite (HAP) rods, together with some single crystal octacalcium phosphate (OCP) rods. Notably, we demonstrate that these were generated though an intermediate amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) phase, and that ACP is significantly stabilised in confinement. This effect may have significance to the mineralization of bone, which can occur through a transient ACP phase. We also show that orientation of the HAP comparable, or even superior to that seen in bone can be achieved through confinement effects alone. Although this simple experimental system cannot be considered, a direct mimic of the in vivo formation of ultrathin HAP platelets within collagen fibrils, our results show that the effects of physical confinement should not be neglected when considering the mechanisms of formation of structures, such as bones and teeth. PMID:24115275

Cantaert, Bram; Beniash, Elia; Meldrum, Fiona C.

2015-01-01

297

Synthesis of sodium caseinate-calcium carbonate microspheres and their mineralization to bone-like apatite  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Phosphoproteins can induce and stabilize calcium carbonate (CaCO3) vaterite, which has desirable features for high reactivity. The purpose of this study was to synthesize bioactive CaCO3 microspheres for bone regeneration. Sodium caseinate (NaCas)-containing CaCO3 microspheres, with the crystal phase of vaterite, were synthesized by fast precipitation in an aqueous solution of CaCl2, Na2CO3, and 2 mg/mL of NaCas. The uniform microspheres exhibited rougher surfaces and lower negative charges than CaCO3 particles without NaCas addition. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) of the microspheres showed characteristic peaks or bands corresponding to phosphate and hydroxyl groups. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) curves exhibited approximately 5% weight loss below 600 °C due to the decomposition of NaCas. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed lath-like hydroxyapatite (HAp) on the surface after soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 °C for 5 and 10 days. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) revealed that the agglomerates were composed of Ca, C, O, P, Na, and Mg elements, and the Ca/P ratios ranged from 1.53 to 1.56. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns exhibited peaks characteristic of hydroxyapatite. The results of this study demonstrated that the addition of NaCas induced the formation of vaterite microspheres which possesses an enhanced apatite formation after soaking in SBF at 37 °C for 5 and 10 days. These NaCas-CaCO3 microspheres may be a potential biomaterial for bone regeneration.

Xu, Zhewu; Liang, Guobin; Jin, Lin; Wang, Zhenling; Xing, Chao; Jiange, Qing; Zhang, Zhiguang

2014-06-01

298

Effects of calcium carbonate polymorph on the structure and properties of soy protein-based nanocomposites.  

PubMed

Novel protein-based nanocomposites were well prepared by in vivo synthesis and co-precipitation of soy protein isolate (SPI) with calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in an aqueous solution. The resultant CaCO3 in the nanocomposites was identified as calcite- and aragonite-type, respectively. The morphology and structure of the CaCO3/SPI composites were investigated by means of wide-angle X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results revealed that the polymorph and the size of CaCO3 in the nanocomposites were dependent on its content, pH, and the conformation of soy protein. At the content of more than 5%, CaCO3 was changed into calcite crystal with the preference of growing along (104) plane. However, at lower content of less than 5%, CaCO3 preferred to form aragonite in the composite as a result of the modulation by soy protein. The aragonite nanocrystals were arrayed in the direction of (111) plane and self-assembled along beta-sheet planes of soy protein polypeptides. The mechanical properties, thermal stability, and water resistance of the CaCO3/SPI nanocomposites were significantly improved as a result of the nanosized effects. Interestingly, the aragonite/SPI nanocomposite exhibited higher tensile strength (about 50 MPa) than that of calcite/SPI, owing to a good compatibility and strong interaction between aragonite and soy protein polypeptides. This work provided a simple pathway to develop the soy protein-based bio-hybrid materials with high mechanical strength and valuable information on their structure-properties relationship. PMID:18273832

Liu, Dagang; Tian, Huafeng; Jia, Xuewei; Zhang, Lina

2008-05-13

299

Calcification mechanism and bony bonding studies of calcium carbonate and composite aluminosilicate\\/calcium phosphate applied as biomaterials by using radioactivation methods  

Microsoft Academic Search

Bony grafts are used as a filling biomaterial for defective bone. The introduction of new range of synthetic materials offers\\u000a to surgeons additional possibilities to avoid virus transmission risks by using natural grafts in bony surgery. In this work,\\u000a two materials, synthetic calcium carbonate and composite aluminosilicate\\/calcium phosphate were synthesized by an original\\u000a method and experimented “in vivo” as biomaterials

H. Oudadesse; A. C. Derrien; A. Lucas-Girot; S. Martin; G. Cathelieau

2007-01-01

300

Polymer crystallization enabled carbon nanotube functionalization  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

CNTs were periodically decorated with polymer lamellar crystals using both controlled solution crystallization and physical vapor deposition methods, resulting in nano hybrid shish-kebab (NHSK) structures. The periodicity of the polymer lamellae varies from 20 - 100 nm. The kebabs are approximately 5 nm thick with a lateral size of 20 nm to micrometers, which can be readily controlled by varying the crystallization conditions. Both polyethylene and Nylon 6,6 have been successfully decorated on multi-walled as well as single-walled CNTs. The detailed formation mechanism was attributed to size dependent soft epitaxy. Since the polymer kebabs can be easily removed, these unique NHSKs can serve as templates to fabricate a variety of CNTs-containing hybrid materials with controlled pattering on the CNT surface. This method thus opens a gateway to periodical patterning on CNTs or similar 1D nanowires in an ordered and controlled manner.

Li, Christopher; Li, Lingyu; Li, Bing; Yavorsky, Cristin

2007-03-01

301

Density functional theory for carbon dioxide crystal  

SciTech Connect

We present a density functional approach to describe the solid?liquid phase transition, interfacial and crystal structure, and properties of polyatomic CO{sub 2}. Unlike previous phase field crystal model or density functional theory, which are derived from the second order direct correlation function, the present density functional approach is based on the fundamental measure theory for hard-sphere repulsion in solid. More importantly, the contributions of enthalpic interactions due to the dispersive attractions and of entropic interactions arising from the molecular architecture are integrated in the density functional model. Using the theoretical model, the predicted liquid and solid densities of CO{sub 2} at equilibrium triple point are in good agreement with the experimental values. Based on the structure of crystal-liquid interfaces in different planes, the corresponding interfacial tensions are predicted. Their respective accuracies need to be tested.

Chang, Yiwen; Mi, Jianguo, E-mail: mijg@mail.buct.edu.cn; Zhong, Chongli [State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

2014-05-28

302

Physical properties of cholesteric liquid crystals - carbon nanotube dispersions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The mesomorphic and visco-elastic properties of cholesteric liquid crystal - multiwall carbon nanotube dispersions were investigated with respect to temperature and nanotube concentration. The important rheology characteristics, such as dynamic viscosity, elastic modulus and loss modulus were studied. For the first time a 3D-model of cholesteric liquid crystal at the temperature of cholesteric phase existence was obtained by molecular dynamics simulation method. A weak effect of nanotube on the molecular orientation of the liquid crystal molecules in the N* phase was found.

Usol'tseva, N. V.; Smirnova, M. V.; Sotsky, V. V.; Smirnova, A. I.

2014-12-01

303

A geospatial assessment of the relationship between reef flat community calcium carbonate production and wave energy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The ability of benthic communities inhabiting coral reefs to produce calcium carbonate underpins the development of reef platforms and associated sedimentary landforms, as well as the fixation of inorganic carbon and buffering of diurnal pH fluctuations in ocean surface waters. Quantification of the relationship between reef flat community calcium carbonate production and wave energy provides an empirical basis for understanding and managing this functionally important process. This study employs geospatial techniques across the reef platform at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, to (1) map the distribution and estimate the total magnitude of reef community carbonate production and (2) empirically ascertain the influence of wave energy on community carbonate production. A World-View-2 satellite image and a field data set of 364 ground referencing points are employed, along with data on physical reef characteristics (e.g. bathymetry, rugosity) to map and validate the spatial distribution of the four major community carbonate producers (live coral, carbonate sand, green calcareous macroalgae and encrusting calcified algae) across the reef platform. Carbonate production is estimated for the complete reef platform from the composition of these community components. A synoptic model of wave energy is developed using the Simulating WAves Nearshore (SWAN) two-dimensional model for the entire reef platform. The relationship between locally derived measures of carbonate production and wave energy is evaluated at both the global scale and local scale along spatial gradients of wave energy traversing the reef platform. A wave energy threshold is identified, below which carbonate production levels appear to increase with wave energy and above which mechanical forcing reduces community production. This implies an optimal set of hydrodynamic conditions characterized by wave energy levels of approximately 300 J m-2, providing an empirical basis for management of potential changes in community carbonate production associated with climate change-driven increases in wave energy.

Hamylton, S. M.; Pescud, A.; Leon, J. X.; Callaghan, D. P.

2013-12-01

304

Geophysical Monitoring and Reactive Transport Modeling of Ureolytically-Driven Calcium Carbonate Precipitation  

SciTech Connect

Ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation is the basis for a promising in-situ remediation method for sequestration of divalent radionuclide and trace metal ions. It has also been proposed for use in geotechnical engineering for soil strengthening applications. Monitoring the occurrence, spatial distribution, and temporal evolution of calcium carbonate precipitation in the subsurface is critical for evaluating the performance of this technology and for developing the predictive models needed for engineering application. In this study, we conducted laboratory column experiments using natural sediment and groundwater to evaluate the utility of geophysical (complex resistivity and seismic) sensing methods, dynamic synchrotron x-ray computed tomography (micro-CT), and reactive transport modeling for tracking ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation processes under site relevant conditions. Reactive transport modeling with TOUGHREACT successfully simulated the changes of the major chemical components during urea hydrolysis. Even at the relatively low level of urea hydrolysis observed in the experiments, the simulations predicted an enhanced calcium carbonate precipitation rate that was 3-4 times greater than the baseline level. Reactive transport modeling results, geophysical monitoring data and micro-CT imaging correlated well with reaction processes validated by geochemical data. In particular, increases in ionic strength of the pore fluid during urea hydrolysis predicted by geochemical modeling were successfully captured by electrical conductivity measurements and confirmed by geochemical data. The low level of urea hydrolysis and calcium carbonate precipitation suggested by the model and geochemical data was corroborated by minor changes in seismic P-wave velocity measurements and micro-CT imaging; the latter provided direct evidence of sparsely distributed calcium carbonate precipitation. Ion exchange processes promoted through NH4+ production during urea hydrolysis were incorporated in the model and captured critical changes in the major metal species. The electrical phase increases were potentially due to ion exchange processes that modified charge structure at mineral/water interfaces. Our study revealed the potential of geophysical monitoring for geochemical changes during urea hydrolysis and the advantages of combining multiple approaches to understand complex biogeochemical processes in the subsurface.

Yuxin Wu; Jonathan B. Ajo-Franklin; Nicolas Spycher; Susan S. Hubbard; Guoxiang Zhang; Kenneth H. Williams; Joanna Taylor; Yoshiko Fujita; Robert Smith

2011-09-01

305

Geophysical monitoring and reactive transport modeling of ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation  

SciTech Connect

Ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation is the basis for a promising in-situ remediation method for sequestration of divalent radionuclide and trace metal ions. It has also been proposed for use in geotechnical engineering for soil strengthening applications. Monitoring the occurrence, spatial distribution, and temporal evolution of calcium carbonate precipitation in the subsurface is critical for evaluating the performance of this technology and for developing the predictive models needed for engineering application. In this study, we conducted laboratory column experiments using natural sediment and groundwater to evaluate the utility of geophysical (complex resistivity and seismic) sensing methods, dynamic synchrotron x-ray computed tomography (micro-CT), and reactive transport modeling for tracking ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation processes under site relevant conditions. Reactive transport modeling with TOUGHREACT successfully simulated the changes of the major chemical components during urea hydrolysis. Even at the relatively low level of urea hydrolysis observed in the experiments, the simulations predicted an enhanced calcium carbonate precipitation rate that was 3-4 times greater than the baseline level. Reactive transport modeling results, geophysical monitoring data and micro-CT imaging correlated well with reaction processes validated by geochemical data. In particular, increases in ionic strength of the pore fluid during urea hydrolysis predicted by geochemical modeling were successfully captured by electrical conductivity measurements and confirmed by geochemical data. The low level of urea hydrolysis and calcium carbonate precipitation suggested by the model and geochemical data was corroborated by minor changes in seismic P-wave velocity measurements and micro-CT imaging; the latter provided direct evidence of sparsely distributed calcium carbonate precipitation. Ion exchange processes promoted through NH{sub 4}{sup +} production during urea hydrolysis were incorporated in the model and captured critical changes in the major metal species. The electrical phase increases were potentially due to ion exchange processes that modified charge structure at mineral/water interfaces. Our study revealed the potential of geophysical monitoring for geochemical changes during urea hydrolysis and the advantages of combining multiple approaches to understand complex biogeochemical processes in the subsurface.

Wu, Y.; Ajo-Franklin, J.B.; Spycher, N.; Hubbard, S.S.; Zhang, G.; Williams, K.H.; Taylor, J.; Fujita, Y.; Smith, R.

2011-07-15

306

Geophysical monitoring and reactive transport modeling of ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation  

PubMed Central

Ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation is the basis for a promising in-situ remediation method for sequestration of divalent radionuclide and trace metal ions. It has also been proposed for use in geotechnical engineering for soil strengthening applications. Monitoring the occurrence, spatial distribution, and temporal evolution of calcium carbonate precipitation in the subsurface is critical for evaluating the performance of this technology and for developing the predictive models needed for engineering application. In this study, we conducted laboratory column experiments using natural sediment and groundwater to evaluate the utility of geophysical (complex resistivity and seismic) sensing methods, dynamic synchrotron x-ray computed tomography (micro-CT), and reactive transport modeling for tracking ureolytically-driven calcium carbonate precipitation processes under site relevant conditions. Reactive transport modeling with TOUGHREACT successfully simulated the changes of the major chemical components during urea hydrolysis. Even at the relatively low level of urea hydrolysis observed in the experiments, the simulations predicted an enhanced calcium carbonate precipitation rate that was 3-4 times greater than the baseline level. Reactive transport modeling results, geophysical monitoring data and micro-CT imaging correlated well with reaction processes validated by geochemical data. In particular, increases in ionic strength of the pore fluid during urea hydrolysis predicted by geochemical modeling were successfully captured by electrical conductivity measurements and confirmed by geochemical data. The low level of urea hydrolysis and calcium carbonate precipitation suggested by the model and geochemical data was corroborated by minor changes in seismic P-wave velocity measurements and micro-CT imaging; the latter provided direct evidence of sparsely distributed calcium carbonate precipitation. Ion exchange processes promoted through NH4+ production during urea hydrolysis were incorporated in the model and captured critical changes in the major metal species. The electrical phase increases were potentially due to ion exchange processes that modified charge structure at mineral/water interfaces. Our study revealed the potential of geophysical monitoring for geochemical changes during urea hydrolysis and the advantages of combining multiple approaches to understand complex biogeochemical processes in the subsurface. PMID:21943229

2011-01-01

307

Calcium Carbonate Concretions Formed by the Decomposition of Organic Matter  

Microsoft Academic Search

Bacterial decomposition of butterfish and smelts in small sealed jars containing seawater and other solutions, for periods ranging from 65 to 205 days, results in a large increase in concentrations of dissolved bicarbonate, carbonate, and ammonia (plus volatile amines). Accompanying this is a rise in pH and the precipitation of Ca++ ion from solution. The Ca++ is not precipitated as

Robert A. Berner

1968-01-01

308

Construction of two ureolytic model organisms for the study of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation.  

PubMed

Two bacterial strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa MJK1 and Escherichia coli MJK2, were constructed that both express green fluorescent protein (GFP) and carry out ureolysis. These two novel model organisms are useful for studying bacterial carbonate mineral precipitation processes and specifically ureolysis-driven microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP). The strains were constructed by adding plasmid-borne urease genes (ureABC, ureD and ureFG) to the strains P. aeruginosa AH298 and E. coli AF504gfp, both of which already carried unstable GFP derivatives. The ureolytic activities of the two new strains were compared to the common, non-GFP expressing, model organism Sporosarcina pasteurii in planktonic culture under standard laboratory growth conditions. It was found that the engineered strains exhibited a lower ureolysis rate per cell but were able to grow faster and to a higher population density under the conditions of this study. Both engineered strains were successfully grown as biofilms in capillary flow cell reactors and ureolysis-induced calcium carbonate mineral precipitation was observed microscopically. The undisturbed spatiotemporal distribution of biomass and calcium carbonate minerals were successfully resolved in 3D using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Observations of this nature were not possible previously because no obligate urease producer that expresses GFP had been available. Future observations using these organisms will allow researchers to further improve engineered application of MICP as well as study natural mineralization processes in model systems. PMID:23835134

Connolly, James; Kaufman, Megan; Rothman, Adam; Gupta, Rashmi; Redden, George; Schuster, Martin; Colwell, Frederick; Gerlach, Robin

2013-09-01

309

Reinforcement of calcium phosphate cement with multi-walled carbon nanotubes and bovine serum albumin for injectable bone substitute applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents the development of novel alternative injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC) composites for orthopaedic applications. The new CPC composites comprise ?-tri-calcium phosphate (?-TCP) and di-calcium phosphate anhydrous (DCPA) mixed with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and incorporated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) or functionalized MWCNTs (MWCNTs–OH and MWCNTs–COOH). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), compressive strength tests, injectability tests, Fourier transform

Kean-Khoon Chew; Kah-Ling Low; Sharif Hussein Sharif Zein; David S. McPhail; Lutz-Christian Gerhardt; Judith A. Roether; Aldo R. Boccaccini

2011-01-01

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Extraction of iron and calcium from low rank coal by supercritical carbon dioxide with entrainers  

SciTech Connect

Iron and calcium were extracted from low rank coal with supercritical carbon dioxide and methanol, ethanol, acetic acid, acetyl acetone, ethanol and acetic acid, or acetyl acetone and water entrainers at 313.2 K and 15.0 MPa. The low rank coal used in this study was Berau coal from Indonesia. The addition of methanol, ethanol, or acetic acid entrainers in supercritical carbon dioxide showed very limited effect on enhancement of the recovery rates of Fe. The recovery rates of Fe from dried coal by supercritical carbon dioxide with acetyl acetone were low however, the addition of acetyl acetone with water in supercritical carbon dioxide remarkably enhanced the recovery rates of Fe. Water seems to play an important role in extracting Fe from coal with supercritical carbon dioxide and acetyl acetone. On the other hand, the extraction rates of Ca with supercritical carbon dioxide and water, methanol, ethanol, and acetyl acetone entrainers were very low. The addition of acetic acid with or without water in supercritical carbon dioxide slightly enhanced the recovery rates of Ca. The addition of acetic acid with ethanol in supercritical carbon dioxide remarkably enhanced the recovery rates of Ca. The effect of carbon dioxide flow rate and coal particle size on the recovery rates of Fe were examined. The recovery rate of Fe increased with increasing carbon dioxide flow rate and with decreasing particle size of the low rank coal.

Iwai, Y.; Okamoto, N.; Ohta, S.; Arai, Y.; Sakanishi, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

2007-03-15

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Chemistry of calcium carbonate-rich shallow water sediments in the Bahamas  

SciTech Connect

The geochemistry of calcium carbonate-rich sediments from a variety of environments throughout the Bahamas was investigated with particular emphasis on the factors that control the pore water chemistry. Most sediments are supersaturated with respect to aragonite, the most abundant carbonate component. Experimental studies indicate that the observed in situ calcium carbonate ion activity products can often be produced as reversible metastable equilibria between the sediments and seawater. This is interpreted as being the result of interactions between the solutions and the minor high Mg-calcite component present in these sediments. Although the overlying waters are more supersaturated than the pore waters, carbonate dissolution, not precipitation, dominates in these sediments as a result of organic matter oxidation and the resulting increase in P/sub CO/sub 2//. The carbonate sediments of the Bahamas are remarkable for their purity, with the exception of special environments such as mangrove swamps and tidal flats with algal mats. Organic matter and heavy metal content is extremely low. Only minor sulfate reduction is occurring in most sediments. Phosphate is undetectable in all pore waters, probably as a result of adsorption on carbonate mineral surfaces. Other dissolved pore water components such as ammonia and DOC are much lower than typically found in shallow water fine-grained terrigeneous sediments.

Morse, J.W.; Zullig, J.J.; Bernstein, L.D.; Millero, F.J.; Milne, P.; Mucci, A.; Choppin, G.R.

1985-02-01

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All three Ca[superscript 2+]-binding loops of photoproteins bind calcium ions: The crystal structures of calcium-loaded apo-aequorin and apo-obelin  

SciTech Connect

The crystal structures of calcium-loaded apoaequorin and apo-obelin have been determined at resolutions 1.7 {angstrom} and 2.2 {angstrom}, respectively. A calcium ion is observed in each of the three EF-hand loops that have the canonical calcium-binding sequence, and each is coordinated in the characteristic pentagonal bipyramidal configuration. The calcium-loaded apo-proteins retain the same compact scaffold and overall fold as the unreacted photoproteins containing the bound substrate, 2-hydroperoxycoelenterazine, and also the same as the Ca{sup 2+}-discharged obelin bound with the product, coelenteramide. Nevertheless, there are easily discerned shifts in both helix and loop regions, and the shifts are not the same between the two proteins. It is suggested that these subtle shifts are the basis of the ability of these photoproteins to sense Ca{sup 2+} concentration transients and to produce their bioluminescence response on the millisecond timescale. A mechanism of intrastructural transmission of the calcium signal is proposed.

Deng, Lu; Vysotski, Eugene S.; Markova, Svetlana V.; Liu, Zhi-Jie; Lee, John; Rose, John; Wang, Bi-Cheng (Georgia)

2010-07-13

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X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Identifies Calcium-Uranyl-Carbonate Complexes at Environmental Concentrations  

SciTech Connect

Current research on bioremediation of uranium-contaminated groundwater focuses on supplying indigenous metal-reducing bacteria with the appropriate metabolic requirements to induce microbiological reduction of soluble uranium(VI) to poorly soluble uranium(IV). Recent studies of uranium(VI) bioreduction in the presence of environmentally relevant levels of calcium revealed limited and slowed uranium(VI) reduction and the formation of a Ca-UO2-CO3 complex. However, the stoichiometry of the complex is poorly defined and may be complicated by the presence of a Na-UO2-CO3 complex. Such a complex might exist even at high calcium concentrations, as some UO2-CO3 complexes will still be present. The number of calcium and/or sodium atoms coordinated to a uranyl carbonate complex will determine the net charge of the complex. Such a change in aqueous speciation of uranium(VI) in calcareous groundwater may affect the fate and transport properties of uranium. In this paper, we present the results from X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements of a series of solutions containing 50 lM uranium(VI) and 30 mM sodium bicarbonate, with various calcium concentrations of 0-5 mM. Use of the data series reduces the uncertainty in the number of calcium atoms bound to the UO2-CO3 complex to approximately 0.6 and enables spectroscopic identification of the Na-UO2-CO3 complex. At nearly neutral pH values, the numbers of sodium and calcium atoms bound to the uranyl triscarbonate species are found to depend on the calcium concentration, as predicted by speciation calculations.

Kelly, Shelly D [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL); Kemner, Kenneth M [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL); Brooks, Scott C [ORNL

2007-01-01

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X-ray absorption spectroscopy identifies calcium-uranyl-carbonate complexes at environmental concentrations.  

SciTech Connect

Current research on bioremediation of uranium-contaminated groundwater focuses on supplying indigenous metal-reducing bacteria with the appropriate metabolic requirements to induce microbiological reduction of soluble uranium(VI) to poorly soluble uranium(IV). Recent studies of uranium(VI) bioreduction in the presence of environmentally relevant levels of calcium revealed limited and slowed uranium(VI) reduction and the formation of a Ca-UO{sub 2}-CO{sub 3} complex. However, the stoichiometry of the complex is poorly defined and may be complicated by the presence of a Na-UO{sub 2}-CO{sub 3} complex. Such a complex might exist even at high calcium concentrations, as some UO{sub 2}-CO{sub 3} complexes will still be present. The number of calcium and/or sodium atoms coordinated to a uranyl carbonate complex will determine the net charge of the complex. Such a change in aqueous speciation of uranium(VI) in calcareous groundwater may affect the fate and transport properties of uranium. In this paper, we present the results from X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements of a series of solutions containing 50 {micro}M uranium(VI) and 30 mM sodium bicarbonate, with various calcium concentrations of 0-5 mM. Use of the data series reduces the uncertainty in the number of calcium atoms bound to the UO{sub 2}-CO{sub 3} complex to approximately 0.6 and enables spectroscopic identification of the Na-UO{sub 2}-CO{sub 3} complex. At nearly neutral pH values, the numbers of sodium and calcium atoms bound to the uranyl triscarbonate species are found to depend on the calcium concentration, as predicted by speciation calculations.

Kelly, S. D.; Kemner, K. M.; Brooks, S. C.; Biosciences Division; ORNL

2007-01-01

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Calcium carbonate formation by Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8806 and Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8807.  

PubMed

Precipitation of CaCO3 catalyzed by the growth and physiology of cyanobacteria in the genus Synechococcus represents a potential mechanism for sequestration of atmospheric CO2 produced during the burning of coal for power generation. Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8806 and Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8807 were tested in microcosm experiments for their ability to calcify when exposed to a fixed calcium concentration of 3.4 mM and dissolved inorganic carbon concentrations of 0.5, 1.25 and 2.5 mM. Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8806 removed calcium continuously over the duration of the experiment producing approximately 18.6 mg of solid phase calcium. Calcium removal occurred over a two-day time period when Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 8807 was tested and only 8.9 mg of solid phase calcium was produced. Creation of an alkaline growth environment catalyzed by the physiology of the cyanobacteria appeared to be the primary factor responsible for CaCO3 precipitation in these experiments. PMID:16289626

Lee, Brady D; Apel, William A; Walton, Michelle R

2006-12-01

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Targeted delivery of EV peptide to tumor cell cytoplasm using lipid coated calcium carbonate nanoparticles.  

PubMed

Intracellular-acting peptide drugs are effective for inhibiting cytoplasmic protein targets, yet face challenges with penetrating the cancer cell membrane. We have developed a lipid nanoparticle formulation that utilizes a pH-sensitive calcium carbonate complexation mechanism to enable the targeted delivery of the intracellular-acting therapeutic peptide EEEEpYFELV (EV) into lung cancer cells. Lipid-calcium-carbonate (LCC) nanoparticles were conjugated with anisamide, a targeting ligand for the sigma receptor which is expressed on lung cancer cells. LCC EV nanoparticle treatment provoked severe apoptotic effects in H460 non-small cell lung cancer cells in vitro. LCC NPs also mediated the specific delivery of Alexa-488-EV peptide to tumor tissue in vivo, provoking a high tumor growth retardation effect with minimal uptake by external organs and no toxic effects. PMID:22796364

Kim, Sang Kyoon; Foote, Michael B; Huang, Leaf

2013-07-01

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A transparent hybrid of nanocrystalline cellulose and amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nanocellulose hybrids are promising candidates for biodegradable multifunctional materials. Hybrids of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles were obtained through a facile chemical approach over a wide range of compositions. Controlling the interactions between NCC and ACC results in hard, transparent structures with tunable composition, homogeneity and anisotropy.Nanocellulose hybrids are promising candidates for biodegradable multifunctional materials. Hybrids of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles were obtained through a facile chemical approach over a wide range of compositions. Controlling the interactions between NCC and ACC results in hard, transparent structures with tunable composition, homogeneity and anisotropy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental procedures and results. See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10681c

Gebauer, Denis; Oliynyk, Vitaliy; Salajkova, Michaela; Sort, Jordi; Zhou, Qi; Bergström, Lennart; Salazar-Alvarez, German

2011-09-01

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Development of antimicrobial water filtration hybrid material from bio source calcium carbonate and silver nanoparticles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biobased calcium carbonate and silver hybrid nanoparticles were synthesized using a simple mechanochemical milling technique. The XRD spectrum showed that the hybrid materials is composed of crystalline calcite and silver nanoparticles. The TEM results indicated that the silver nanoparticles are discrete, uncapped and well stabilized in the surface of the eggshell derived calcium carbonate particles. The silver nanoparticles are spherical in shape and 5-20 nm in size. The SEM studies indicated that the eggshells are in micron size with the silver nanoparticle embedded in their surface. The hybrid eggshell/silver nanocomposite exhibited superior inhibition of E. coli growth using the Kirby-Bauer discs diffusion assay and comparing the zone of inhibition around the filter paper disc impregnated with the hybrid particles against pristine silver nanoparticles.

Apalangya, Vitus; Rangari, Vijaya; Tiimob, Boniface; Jeelani, Shaik; Samuel, Temesgen

2014-03-01

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UV-induced nonlinear absorption in lanthanum calcium borate single crystals.  

PubMed

It has been revealed that lanthanum calcium borate (La2CaB10O19) crystals show two-photon absorption (TPA) induced by a UV laser field. UV-induced TPA measurements were performed in the spectral range of 475-1130 nm using as fundamental beam the third harmonics of the 28 ps Nd-YAG pulsed laser as a pumping beam for LiB3O5 optical parametrized generator using Z-scan method. Investigations performed by the Z-scan method were done during illumination by a Xe-F laser (lambda = 217 nm) as a photoinducing (pumping) beam. The pumping laser beam created a thin surface layer (about 80-90 nm) that was the source of the observed photoinduced TPA. The highest values of the TPA beta coefficients were achieved for polarization of the pumping light directed along the second-order crystallographic axis of the investigated crystals. The obtained values of the TPA coefficients were higher than those for the BiB3O6 crystals investigated earlier by us. PMID:16671719

Kityk, I V; Majchrowski, A; Michalski, E; Kasprowicz, D; Drozdowski, M; Kisielewski, J; Lukasiewicz, T; Sahraoui, B

2006-05-11

320

Interaction of Er{sup 3+} ions in Er-doped calcium - niobium - gallium garnet crystals  

SciTech Connect

The processes of nonradiative energy transfer in calcium - niobium - gallium garnet (CNGG) crystals doped with Er{sup 3+} ions are studied. It is found that the energy of erbium ions in the Er:CNGG crystal with the erbium atomic concentrations C{sub Er}=6% and 11% is transferred via the nonradiative co-operative processes {sup 4}I{sub 11/2{yields}} {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, {sup 4}I{sub 11/2{yields}} {sup 4}F{sub 7/2}, {sup 4}I{sub 11/2{yields}} {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, {sup 4}I{sub 13/2{yields}} {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}; and {sup 4}I{sub 13/2{yields}} {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, {sup 4}I{sub 13/2{yields}} {sup 4}I{sub 9/2}, whose efficiency increases with increasing intensity of exciting radiation. It is shown that the cross-relaxation processes {sup 4}S{sub 3/2{yields}}{sup 4}I{sub 9/2}, {sup 4}I{sub 15/2{yields}}{sup 4}I{sub 13/2}, whose intensity depends on the concentration of Er{sup 3+} ions, are characteristic for Er:CNGG crystals with the Er atomic concentration above 1%. (active media)

Malov, A V [N.P. Ogarev Mordovian State University, Saransk (Russian Federation); Popov, A V [A M Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Ryabochkina, P A; Bol'shakov, E V

2010-08-03

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Calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) analysis for the identification of decayed tea plants (Camellia sinensis L.)  

PubMed Central

The history of tea is poorly known, mainly due to the questionable identification of decayed tea plants in archaeological samples. This paper attempts to test the utility of calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) for the identification of tea in archaeological samples. It provides the first survey of the macropatterns of calciphytoliths in several species of Theaceae and common non-Theaceae plants. Crystals were extracted from 45 samples of tea, Theaceae and common non-Theaceae plants, and detected microscopically between crossed polarizers. In tea plants, druse and trichome base are the most distinctive crystals. Druses have the smallest diameter (11.65 ± 3.64??m), and trichome bases have four distinctive straight and regular cracks, similar to a regular extinction cross. The results provide morphological criteria for distinguishing tea from other plants, specifically the presence of identifiable druses together with calcified trichome bases. The implications are significant for understanding the history of tea and plant exploitation, especially for plants for which the preservation of macrofossils is poor. PMID:25342006

Zhang, Jianping; Lu, Houyuan; Huang, Linpei

2014-01-01

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Calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) analysis for the identification of decayed tea plants (Camellia sinensis L.).  

PubMed

The history of tea is poorly known, mainly due to the questionable identification of decayed tea plants in archaeological samples. This paper attempts to test the utility of calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) for the identification of tea in archaeological samples. It provides the first survey of the macropatterns of calciphytoliths in several species of Theaceae and common non-Theaceae plants. Crystals were extracted from 45 samples of tea, Theaceae and common non-Theaceae plants, and detected microscopically between crossed polarizers. In tea plants, druse and trichome base are the most distinctive crystals. Druses have the smallest diameter (11.65 ± 3.64??m), and trichome bases have four distinctive straight and regular cracks, similar to a regular extinction cross. The results provide morphological criteria for distinguishing tea from other plants, specifically the presence of identifiable druses together with calcified trichome bases. The implications are significant for understanding the history of tea and plant exploitation, especially for plants for which the preservation of macrofossils is poor. PMID:25342006

Zhang, Jianping; Lu, Houyuan; Huang, Linpei

2014-01-01

323

Strengthening acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) with nano-sized and micron-sized calcium carbonate  

Microsoft Academic Search

ABS was reinforced by both micron-sized (MCC) and nano-sized precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC) particles through melt compounding. The MCC\\/ABS composites were found to have higher modulus but lower tensile and impact strength than neat ABS. In contrast, NPCC increased modulus of ABS whilst maintained or even increased its impact strength for a certain NPCC loading range. SEM examinations revealed that

L. Jiang; Y. C. Lam; K. C. Tam; T. H. Chua; G. W. Sim; L. S. Ang

2005-01-01

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Tribological and Antioxidation Synergistic Effect Study of Sulfonate-Modified Nano Calcium Carbonate  

PubMed Central

A middle base number sulphonate-modified nano calcium carbonate (SMC) with an average size of 35 nm was synthesized, and its tribological and antioxidation synergistic behaviors with ashless antioxidant N-phenyl-?-naphthylamine (T531) in hydrogenated oil (5Cst) were evaluated. The results demonstrate that adding this synethesized additive even at a low amount (<2.0 wt.%) can evidently improve its load-carrying capacity by 1.5 times and enhance its antiwear performance; in addition, the friction-reducing effect of additive in the high load was better than that in low load. The SMC have a good synergistic antioxidation effect with T531, which verifies the nano calcium carbonate compound was a kind of multifunctional and high-performance additive. The chemical composition of the rubbing surface which formed on the boundary film was analyzed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicating that the excellent antiwear and load-carrying performance could be attributed to the forming of boundary lubrication film which composed of calcium carbonate, oxides, ferrites, sulphide and FeSO4, and so on. Its ability to increase oxidation free energy of base oil is the main reason for increasing its antioxidant collaboration property with ashless antioxidant T531. PMID:23658705

Zhongyi, He; Liping, Xiong; Sheng, Han; Aixi, Chen; Jianwei, Qiu; Xisheng, Fu

2013-01-01

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Medicago truncatula-derived calcium oxalate crystals have a negative impact on chewing insect performance via their physical properties  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Plant structural traits often act as defenses against herbivorous insects, causing them to avoid feeding on a given plant or tissue. Mineral crystals of calcium oxalate in Medicago truncatula Gaertn. (Fabaceae) leaves have previously been shown to be effective deterrents of lepidopteran insect feedi...

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CALCIUM OXALATE CRYSTAL MACROPATTERN IN LEAVES OF SPECIES FROM GROUPS GLYCINE AND SHUTERIA (GLYCININAE; PHASEOLEAE; PAPILIONOIDEAE; FABACEAE)  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Calcium oxalate crystals associated with leaf veins and mesophyll was determined for taxa in two groups Glycine and Shuteria of subtribe Glycininae. Trichomes and veins were identified as additional characters. The annual and wild perennial Glycine species have the most reduced characters by gener...

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Biodegradation of inorganic components in paper documents: Formation of calcium oxalate crystals as a consequence of Aspergillus terreus Thom growth  

Microsoft Academic Search

A sample set of model graded papers containing known organic and inorganic components was used to culture an Aspergillus terreus strain able to produce acidic metabolites and cellulolytic enzymes. This study set out to document the biogenic formation of calcium oxalate crystals, as a consequence of fungal activity and growth, on a range of paper samples. Scanning electron microscopy and

Flavia Pinzari; Mirca Zotti; Antonella De Mico; Paolo Calvini

2010-01-01

328

The microwave characterization of single crystal lithium and calcium fluoride at cryogenic temperatures.  

PubMed

The whispering-gallery mode method is used for very accurate permittivity and dielectric loss measurements of single crystal lithium fluoride (LiF) and calcium fluoride (CaF2) over the temperature range of 4.5 K to 300 K. The absolute uncertainty in the real part of permittivity was estimated to be less than 0.1%, and it was limited principally by uncertainty in dimensions of the samples. Dielectric losses were measured with uncertainties of about 10% limited by the accuracy of Q-factor measurements. The measured materials exhibited dielectric losses between 2-4 x 10(-7) near 5 K. The relative permittivity was evaluated as 6.502 (4.9 K) to 6.844 (296 K) at 17.5 GHz for CaF2 and 8.534 (4.6 K) to 9.063 (300 K) at 13.5 GHz for LiF. PMID:15139539

Hartnett, John G; Fowler, Alison C; Tobar, Michael E; Krupka, Jerzy

2004-04-01

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Crystal structure of the intermetallics produced by a calcium hydride method  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Practically important intermetallics TiNi, NiAl, Ni3Al, TiAl, and Zr3Al2 (St 101 alloy for gas absorbers) produced by the calcium hydride method are comprehensively studied. The total content of impurities in these intermetallic powders does not exceed 1 wt %, and the fraction of the main phase in compounds with a narrow homogeneity region is at least 93-96 vol %. The main phases in all powders under study have a defectless crystal lattice, and their lattice parameters point to a low content of dissolved impurities in all intermetallics except for Zr3Al2. A high degree of homogeneity of the phase compositions of the intermetallic powders is supported by a scanning electron microscopy investigation.

Kasimtsev, A. V.; Sviridova, T. A.

2012-05-01

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Cooperation of phosphates and carboxylates controls calcium oxalate crystallization in ultrafiltered urine.  

PubMed

Osteopontin (OPN) is one of a group of proteins found in urine that are believed to limit the formation of kidney stones. In the present study, we investigate the roles of phosphate and carboxylate groups in the OPN-mediated modulation of calcium oxalate (CaOx), the principal mineral phase found in kidney stones. To this end, crystallization was induced by addition of CaOx solution to ultrafiltered human urine containing either human kidney OPN (kOPN; 7 consecutive carboxylates, 8 phosphates) or synthesized peptides corresponding to residues 65-80 (pSHDHMDDDDDDDDDGD; pOPAR) or 220-235 (pSHEpSTEQSDAIDpSAEK; P3) of rat bone OPN. Sequence 65-80 was also synthesized without the phosphate group (OPAR). Effects on calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and dihydrate (COD) formation were studied by scanning electron microscopy. We found that controls form large, partly intergrown COM platelets; COD was never observed. Adding any of the polyelectrolytes was sufficient to prevent intergrowth of COM platelets entirely, inhibiting formation of these platelets strongly, and inducing formation of the COD phase. Strongest effects on COM formation were found for pOPAR and OPAR followed by kOPN and then P3, showing that acidity and hydrophilicity are crucial in polyelectrolyte-affected COM crystallization. At higher concentrations, OPAR also inhibited COD formation, while P3, kOPN and, in particular, pOPAR promoted COD, a difference explainable by the variations of carboxylate and phosphate groups present in the molecules. Thus, we conclude that carboxylate groups play a primary role in inhibiting COM formation, but phosphate and carboxylate groups are both important in initiating and promoting COD formation. PMID:21234554

Grohe, Bernd; Chan, Brian P H; Sørensen, Esben S; Lajoie, Gilles; Goldberg, Harvey A; Hunter, Graeme K

2011-10-01

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Chronic calcium pyrophosphate crystal inflammatory arthritis induced by extreme hypomagnesemia in short bowel syndrome  

PubMed Central

Background Short bowel syndrome (SBS) may induce a plethora of clinical symptoms ranging from underweight to nutrient-, vitamin- and electrolyte deficiencies. The objective of this case report is to illustrate how demanding the management of a 60 year old patient with SBS and recurrent joint attacks was for different medical disciplines. Case presentation The patient with SBS presented with a body mass index of 16.5 kg/m2 after partial jejunoileal resection of the small intestine with a six year long history of recurrent pain attacks in multiple peripheral joints, chronic diarrhoea and food intolerances. Pain attacks occurred 4–5 times a week with a median consumption of 15 mg prednisone per day. The interdisciplinary workup after several gastroenterologic, rheumatologic, radiologic, psychiatric and orthopedic consultations is shown including successful treatment steps. Clinical diagnosis revealed no systemic inflammatory disease, but confirmed extreme hypomagnesemia (0.2 mmol/l) after reproducible pathological magnesium resorption tests as causative for chronic calcium pyrophosphate crystal inflammatory arthritis (pseudogout, chondrocalcinosis). Multidisciplinary treatment included application of colchicines, parenteral nutrition and magnesium substitution, antiperistaltic agents and avoidance of intolerant foods. Normalization of magnesium levels and a marked remission of joint attacks were achieved after six months with significant reduction of prednisone to 1.5 mg/day. Conclusion Despite the rarity of this condition, it is important to know that hypomagnesaemia may be associated with calcium pyrophosphate crystal inflammatory arthritis (chondrocalcinosis) and that SBS patients may be prone to develop extreme hypomagnesaemia causing recurrent joint attacks without systemic inflammation. PMID:22998213

2012-01-01

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Polymer crystallization-driven, periodic patterning on carbon nanotubes.  

PubMed

We report herein a unique means to periodically pattern polymeric materials on individual carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using a controlled polymer crystallization method. One-dimensional (1D) CNTs were periodically decorated with polymer lamellar crystals, resulting in nano-hybrid shish-kebab (NHSK) structures. The periodicity of the polymer lamellae varies from 20 to 150 nm. The kebabs are approximately 5-10 nm thick (along CNT direction) with a lateral size of approximately 20 nm to micrometers, which can be readily controlled by varying crystallization conditions. Both polyethylene and Nylon 66 were successfully decorated on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), as well as vapor grown carbon nanofibers (CNFs). The formation mechanism was attributed to "size-dependent soft epitaxy". Because NHSK formation conditions depend on CNT structures, it further provides a unique opportunity for CNT separation. The reported method opens a gateway to periodically patterning polymers and different functional groups on individual CNTs in an ordered and controlled manner, an attractive research field that is yet to be explored. PMID:16448143

Li, Lingyu; Li, Christopher Y; Ni, Chaoying

2006-02-01

333

Polymer crystallization-driven, periodical patterning on carbon nanotubes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report herein a unique means to periodically pattern polymers on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using controlled polymer crystallization method. CNTs were periodically decorated with polymer lamellar crystals, resulting in nano hybrid shish-kebab (NHSK) structures. The periodicity of adjacent kebabs varies from 20 - 150 nm. The kebabs are approximately 5 nm thick (along CNT direction) with a lateral size of ˜ 20 nm to micrometers, which can be readily controlled by varying crystallization conditions. Both polyethylene and Nylon 66 were successfully decorated on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT), as well as vapor grown carbon nanofibers (CNF). The formation mechanism was attributed to ``size dependent soft epitaxy''. NHSK structure was discussed with an emphasis on the periodicity of adjacent kebabs. The influence of experimental parameters on the periodicity was investigated in details Since NHSK formation conditions depend upon CNT structures, it further provides a unique opportunity for CNT separation. The reported method opens a gateway to periodically patterning polymers and different functional groups on individual CNTs in an ordered and controlled manner, an attractive research field that is yet to be explored.

Li, Lingyu; Li, Christopher

2006-03-01

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Comparison of solution and crystal properties of Co(II)substituted human carbonic anhydrase II  

E-print Network

Comparison of solution and crystal properties of Co(II)­substituted human carbonic anhydrase II: Carbonic anhydrase Metalloenzyme Cobalt substitution Crystallography Carbon dioxide a b s t r a c t The visible absorption of crystals of Co(II)­substituted human carbonic anhydrase II (Co(II)­HCA II) were

Tanner, David B.

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Relationship between the degeneration of the cruciate ligaments and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition: anatomic, radiologic study with histologic correlation.  

PubMed

To investigate the association of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition and cruciate ligament (CL) degeneration, 10 cadaveric knees were studied with 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging and sectioned in three planes. The slices were evaluated with high-resolution Faxitron radiography. The images and specimens were evaluated by two radiologists. Histologic sections were obtained from eight that contained calcifications and from two without calcifications. Radiographs and histologic analysis demonstrated CPPD crystal deposition in 80% of specimens and 75% of CLs in these eight specimens. Degenerative changes were observed in 75% of them. Such analysis demonstrated no evidence of CPPD crystals or degeneration in the control specimens. PMID:23465989

Dirim, Berna; Resnick, Donald; Abreu, Marcelo; Wangwinyuvirat, Mani; Trudell, Debra J; Haghighi, Parviz

2013-01-01

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The inhibition of neuronal calcium ion channels by trace levels of yttrium released from carbon nanotubes.  

PubMed

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are used with increasing frequency in neuroengineering applications. CNT scaffolds are used to transmit electrical stimulation to cultured neurons and to control outgrowth and branching patterns of neurites. CNTs have been reported to disrupt normal neuronal function including alterations in endocytotic capability and inhibition of ion channels. Calcium ion channels regulate numerous neuronal and cellular functions including endo and exocytosis, neurite outgrowth, and gene expression. Strong CNT interactions with neuronal calcium ion channels would have profound biological implications. Here we show that physiological solutions containing CNTs inhibit neuronal voltage-gated calcium ion channels in a dose-dependent and CNT sample-dependent manner with IC50 as low as 1.2 microg/ml. Importantly, we demonstrate that the inhibitory activity does not involve tubular graphene as previously reported, but rather very low concentrations of soluble yttrium released from the nanotube growth catalyst. Cationic yttrium potently inhibits calcium ion channel function with an inhibitory efficacy, IC50, of 0.07 ppm w/w. Because of this potency, unpurified and even some reportedly "purified" CNT samples contain sufficient bioavailable yttrium to inhibit channel function. Our results have important implications for emerging nano-neurotechnology and highlight the critical role that trace components can play in the biological response to complex nanomaterials. PMID:19698989

Jakubek, Lorin M; Marangoudakis, Spiro; Raingo, Jesica; Liu, Xinyuan; Lipscombe, Diane; Hurt, Robert H

2009-10-01

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Incorporation of lead into calcium carbonate granules secreted by earthworms living in lead contaminated soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The influence of soil organisms on metal mobility and bioavailability in soils is not currently fully understood. We conducted experiments to determine whether calcium carbonate granules secreted by the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris could incorporate and immobilise lead in lead- and calcium-amended artificial soils. Soil lead concentrations were up to 2000 mg kg -1 and lead:calcium ratios by mass were 0.5-8. Average granule production rates of 0.39 ± 0.04 mg calcite earthworm -1 day -1 did not vary with soil lead concentration. The lead:calcium ratio in granules increased significantly with that of the soil ( r2 = 0.81, p = 0.015) with lead concentrations in granules reaching 1577 mg kg -1. X-ray diffraction detected calcite and aragonite in the granules with indications that lead was incorporated into the calcite at the surface of the granules. In addition to the presence of calcite and aragonite X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicated that lead was present in the granules mainly as complexes sorbed to the surface but with traces of lead-bearing calcite and cerussite. The impact that lead-incorporation into earthworm calcite granules has on lead mobility at lead-contaminated sites will depend on the fraction of total soil lead that would be otherwise mobile.

Fraser, A.; Lambkin, D. C.; Lee, M. R.; Schofield, P. F.; Mosselmans, J. F. W.; Hodson, M. E.

2011-05-01

338

Processes determining the marine alkalinity and calcium carbonate saturation state distributions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We introduce a composite tracer for the marine system, Alk*, that has a global distribution primarily determined by CaCO3 precipitation and dissolution. Alk* is also affected by riverine alkalinity from dissolved terrestrial carbonate minerals. We estimate that the Arctic receives approximately twice the riverine alkalinity per unit area as the Atlantic, and 8 times that of the other oceans. Riverine inputs broadly elevate Alk* in the Arctic surface and particularly near river mouths. Strong net carbonate precipitation results in low Alk* in subtropical gyres, especially in the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Upwelling of dissolved CaCO3-rich deep water elevates North Pacific and Southern Ocean Alk*. We use the Alk* distribution to estimate the variability of the calcite saturation state resulting from CaCO3 cycling and other processes. We show that regional differences in surface calcite saturation state are due primarily to the effect of temperature differences on CO2 solubility and, to a lesser extent, differences in freshwater content and air-sea disequilibria. The variations in net calcium carbonate cycling revealed by Alk* play a comparatively minor role in determining the calcium carbonate saturation state.

Carter, B. R.; Toggweiler, J. R.; Key, R. M.; Sarmiento, J. L.

2014-12-01

339

Climate warming shifts carbon allocation from stemwood to roots in calcium-depleted spruce forests  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Increased greening of northern forests, measured by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), has been presented as evidence that a warmer climate has increased both net primary productivity (NPP) and the carbon sink in boreal forests. However, higher production and greener canopies may accompany changes in carbon allocation that favor foliage or fine roots over less decomposable woody biomass. Furthermore, tree core data throughout mid- and northern latitudes have revealed a divergence problem (DP), a weakening in tree ring responses to warming over the past half century that is receiving increasing attention, but remains poorly understood. Often, the same sites exhibit trend inconsistency phenomenon (TIP), namely positive, or no trends in growing season NDVI where negative trends in tree ring indexes are observed. Here we studied growth of two Norway spruce (Picea abies) stands in western Russia that exhibited both the DP and TIP but were subject to soil acidification and calcium depletion of differing timing and severity. Our results link the decline in radial growth starting in 1980 to a shift in carbon allocation from wood to roots driven by a combination of two factors: (a) soil acidification that depleted calcium and impaired root function and (b) earlier onset of the growing season that further taxed the root system. The latter change in phenology appears to act as a trigger at both sites to push trees into nutrient limitation as the demand for Ca increased with the longer growing season, thereby causing the shift in carbon allocation.

Lapenis, Andrei Gennady; Lawrence, Gregory B.; Heim, Alexander; Zheng, Chengyang; Shortle, Walter

2013-01-01

340

Calcium carbonate measurements in the surface global ocean based on Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We describe a two-band algorithm for the remote quantification of the ocean's suspended calcium carbonate (also known as particulate inorganic carbon (PIC)), based on normalized water-leaving radiance at 440 and 550 nm. We tested this algorithm using ship-derived and satellite-derived results from a variety of marine environments. From this validation work we calculated the overall accuracy of the satellite-based PIC estimates, assuming different timescales and space scales for binning. After performing the validation work we applied the two-band algorithm to water-leaving radiance data from 2002, sampled by Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)/Terra (a 36-band satellite spectrometer designed to observe land, ocean, and atmosphere), and we derived seasonal, global maps of the standing stock of pelagic PIC as well as particulate organic carbon (POC). These data, along with limited observations on the turnover time of calcium carbonate coccoliths in the euphotic zone, provide some new insights into global rates of pelagic calcite production.

Balch, W. M.; Gordon, Howard R.; Bowler, B. C.; Drapeau, D. T.; Booth, E. S.

2005-07-01

341

High-throughput platform for design and screening of peptides as inhibitors of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Crystal growth modifiers present a versatile tool for controlling crystal shape and size. Our work described here focuses on the design and screening of short peptides as inhibitors of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystals using high-throughput approaches. We designed a small library of 13 peptides containing Ala and Asp amino acids arranged in varying sequences that mimic ubiquitous motifs in natural calcium-binding proteins. Peptides were screened using a quick assay to measure their efficacy for inhibiting COM crystallization. Our results show that subtle variations in the placement of Ala and Asp residues in the peptide sequence can have a profound effect on their inhibition potential. We were able to discover peptide sequences that inhibit COM crystallization more effectively than some of the well-known COM inhibitors, such as citrate. Our results also demonstrate that peptides can be engineered to bind to specific faces of COM crystals. Peptide sequences identified in this work are promising candidates for further development as therapies for biomineral-related diseases, such as kidney stone disease. Collectively, our work establishes new paradigms for the design, synthesis, and screening of peptides for controlling crystal habit with the potential to impact a variety of fields, including drug discovery, advanced materials, catalysis and separations.

Farmanesh, Sahar; Chung, Jihae; Chandra, Divya; Sosa, Ricardo D.; Karande, Pankaj; Rimer, Jeffrey D.

2013-06-01

342

Crystal structures of carbonates up to Mbar pressures determined by single crystal synchrotron radiation diffraction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The recent improvements at synchrotron beamlines, currently allow single crystal diffraction experiments at extreme pressures and temperatures [1,2] on very small single crystal domains. We successfully applied such technique to determine the crystal structure adopted by carbonates at mantle pressures. The knowledge of carbon-bearing phases is in fact fundamental for any quantitative modelling of global carbon cycle. The major technical difficulty arises after first order transitions or decomposition reactions, since original crystal (apx. 10x10x5 ?m3) is transformed in much smaller crystalline domains often with random orientation. The use of 3D reciprocal space visualization software and the improved resolution of new generation flat panel detectors, however, allow both identification and integration of each single crystal domain, with suitable accuracy for ab-initio structure solution, performed with direct and charge-flipping methods and successive structure refinements. The results obtained on carbonates, indicate two major crystal-chemistry trends established at high pressures. The CO32- units, planar and parallel in ambient pressure calcite and dolomite structures, becomes non parallel in calcite- and dolomite-II and III phases, allowing more flexibility in the structures with possibility to accommodate strain arising from different cation sizes (Ca and Mg in particular). Dolomite-III is therefore also observed to be thermodynamically stable at lower mantle pressures and temperatures, differently from dolomite, which undergoes decomposition into pure end-members in upper mantle. At higher pressure, towards Mbar (lowermost mantle and D'' region) in agreement with theoretical calculations [3,4] and other experimental results [5], carbon coordination transform into 4-fold CO4 units, with different polymerisation in the structure depending on carbonate composition. The second important crystal chemistry feature detected is related to Fe2+ in Fe-bearing magnesite, which spontaneously oxidises at HP/HT, forming Fe3+ carbonates, Fe3+ oxides and reduced carbon (diamonds). Single crystal diffraction approach allowed full structure determination of these phases, yielding to the discovery of few unpredicted structures, such as Mg2Fe2C4O13 and Fe13O19, which can be well reproduced in different experiments. Mg2Fe2C4O13 carbonate present truncated chain C4O13 groups, and Fe13O19 oxide, whose stoichiometry is intermediate between magnetite and hematite, is a one-layer structure, with features encountered in superconducting materials. The results fully support the ideas of unexpected complexities in the mineralogy of the lowermost mantle, and single crystal technique, once properly optimized in ad-hoc synchrotron beamlines, is fundamental for extracting accurate structural information, otherwise rarely accessible with other experimental techniques. References: [1] Merlini M., Hanfland M. (2013). Single crystal diffraction at Mbar conditions by synchrotron radiation. High Pressure Research, in press. [2] Dubrovinsky et al., (2010). High Pressure Research, 30, 620-633. [3] Arapan et al. (1997). Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 268501. [4] Oganov et al. (2008) EPSL, 273, 38-47. [5] Boulard et al. (2011) PNAS, 108, 5184-5187.

Merlini, M.

2013-12-01

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Microscopic Evidence for a dense liquid phase of calcium carbonate (Invited)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the classical sense, minerals are presumed to nucleate directly from solution by overcoming a size-dependent free energy barrier that scales as the ratio of the macroscopic mineral-water interfacial tension cubed to the square of the thermodynamic supersaturation. However, experimental observations of the early stages of calcium carbonate mineralization demonstrate that under certain conditions formation of the crystalline polymorphs is preceded by the apparently spontaneous appearance of nanoscopic clusters that aggregate to produce metastable amorphous phases. This aggregation-based pathway is seemingly at odds with classical expectations. This research (Wallace et al., in press, Science) uses computational approaches to characterize the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of hydrated calcium carbonate cluster species, which are thus far only loosely constrained by experimental investigations. Replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations are employed to probe the initial formation of the clusters and lattice gas simulations are used to explore the general behavior of clusters at the onset of mineralization. The results suggest the growth of carbonate clusters may indeed proceed in the absence of any significant thermodynamic barrier. Moreover, the dynamical properties of the clusters are consistent with those of a dense liquid phase. Coalescence and dehydration of the nanoscale droplets result in the formation of a phase whose structure is consistent with that of amorphous calcium carbonate. These findings indicate that a spontaneous liquid-liquid phase separation may occur within the range of supersaturations spanned by natural waters. The coexistence of the dense and dilute liquid phases is described by a liquid-liquid binodal that may express a lower critical point near ambient temperature. Though liquid-liquid separation in simulations of the CaCO3-H2O system is an unexpected result, it suggests a means of generating nano- and mesoscopic phases consistent with established phase separation mechanisms and experimental observations.

Wallace, A. F.; Hedges, L.; Fernandez-Martinez, A.; Raiteri, P.; Gale, J. D.; Waychunas, G.; Whitelam, S.; Banfield, J. F.; De Yoreo, J. J.

2013-12-01

344

The crystallization of tough thermoplastic resins in the presence of carbon fibers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The crystallization kinetics of the thermoplastic resins poly(phenylene sulfide) (PPS) and poly(aryl-ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK) in the presence and in the abscence of carbon fibers was studied. How carbon fiber surfaces in composites affect the crystallization of tough thermoplastic polymers that may serve as matrix resins were determined. The crystallization kinetics of such substances can provide useful information about the crystallization mechanisms and, thus, indicate if the presence of carbon fibers cause any changes in such mechanisms.

Theil, M. H.

1986-01-01

345

Crystallization of Carbon-Oxygen Mixtures in White Dwarf Stars  

Microsoft Academic Search

We determine the phase diagram for dense carbon\\/ oxygen mixtures in White\\u000aDwarf (WD) star interiors using molecular dynamics simulations involving liquid\\u000aand solid phases. Our phase diagram agrees well with predictions from Ogata et\\u000aal. and Medin and Cumming and gives lower melting temperatures than Segretain\\u000aet al. Observations of WD crystallization in the globular cluster NGC 6397 by

C. J. Horowitz; A. S. Schneider; D. K. Berry

2010-01-01

346

Surface Modification and Planar Defects of Calcium Carbonates by Magnetic Water Treatment  

PubMed Central

Powdery calcium carbonates, predominantly calcite and aragonite, with planar defects and cation–anion mixed surfaces as deposited on low-carbon steel by magnetic water treatment (MWT) were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and vibration spectroscopy. Calcite were found to form faceted nanoparticles having 3x () commensurate superstructure and with well-developed {} and {} surfaces to exhibit preferred orientations. Aragonite occurred as laths having 3x () commensurate superstructure and with well-developed () surface extending along [100] direction up to micrometers in length. The (hkil)-specific coalescence of calcite and rapid lath growth of aragonite under the combined effects of Lorentz force and a precondensation event account for a beneficial larger particulate/colony size for the removal of the carbonate scale from the steel substrate. The coexisting magnetite particles have well-developed {011} surfaces regardless of MWT. PMID:21170405

2010-01-01

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Carbonation as a binding mechanism for coal/calcium hydroxide pellets. Final technical report, 1 September, 1992--31 August, 1993  

SciTech Connect

This research was an investigation of calcium hydroxide, a sulfur-capturing sorbent, as a binder for coal fines. The reaction of carbon dioxide with calcium hydroxide, referred to as carbonation, was studied as a method for improving pellet quality. Carbonation forms a cementitious matrix of calcium carbonate. Research has demonstrated that calcium hydroxide is a viable binder for coal fines and that a roller-and-die pellet mill is an effective method of pellet formation. From a minus 28 mesh preparation plant fine coal sample, a roller-and-die pellet mill produced strong pellets when 5 and 10% calcium hydroxide was used as a binder. The pellets containing 10% calcium hydroxide strengthened considerably when air cured. This increase in strength was attributed to carbonation via atmospheric carbon dioxide. Pellets containing 10 wt% calcium hydroxide were produced using an extruder but pellets formed in this manner were much weaker than pellets produced with the roller-and-die mill. In tests performed using a laboratory hydraulic press, the effect of particle size and compaction pressure on pellet strength was studied. Particle distributions with mean sizes of 200, 90 and 40 microns were tested. The results indicate that pellet strength increased with decreasing particle size and increasing compaction pressure when calcium hydroxide was used as a binder. Pellets containing 10 wt% calcium hydroxide increased in strength by approximately 40% when air dried for one day. As above, this increase in strength was attributed to carbonation of the calcium hydroxide via atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Rapp, D.; Lytle, J.; Hackley, K.; Dagamac, M. [Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL (United States); Berger, R. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States); Schanche, G. [Army Construction Engineering Research Lab., Champaign, IL (United States)

1993-12-31

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Crystal structures of the calcium pump and sarcolipin in the Mg2+-bound E1 state.  

PubMed

P-type ATPases are ATP-powered ion pumps that establish ion concentration gradients across biological membranes, and are distinct from other ATPases in that the reaction cycle includes an autophosphorylation step. The best studied is Ca(2+)-ATPase from muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum (SERCA1a), a Ca(2+) pump that relaxes muscle cells after contraction, and crystal structures have been determined for most of the reaction intermediates. An important outstanding structure is that of the E1 intermediate, which has empty high-affinity Ca(2+)-binding sites ready to accept new cytosolic Ca(2+). In the absence of Ca(2+) and at pH 7 or higher, the ATPase is predominantly in E1, not in E2 (low affinity for Ca(2+)), and if millimolar Mg(2+) is present, one Mg(2+) is expected to occupy one of the Ca(2+)-binding sites with a millimolar dissociation constant. This Mg(2+) accelerates the reaction cycle, not permitting phosphorylation without Ca(2+) binding. Here we describe the crystal structure of native SERCA1a (from rabbit) in this E1·Mg(2+) state at 3.0?Å resolution in addition to crystal structures of SERCA1a in E2 free from exogenous inhibitors, and address the structural basis of the activation signal for phosphoryl transfer. Unexpectedly, sarcolipin, a small regulatory membrane protein of Ca(2+)-ATPase, is bound, stabilizing the E1·Mg(2+) state. Sarcolipin is a close homologue of phospholamban, which is a critical mediator of ?-adrenergic signal in Ca(2+) regulation in heart (for reviews, see, for example, refs 8-10), and seems to play an important role in muscle-based thermogenesis. We also determined the crystal structure of recombinant SERCA1a devoid of sarcolipin, and describe the structural basis of inhibition by sarcolipin/phospholamban. Thus, the crystal structures reported here fill a gap in the structural elucidation of the reaction cycle and provide a solid basis for understanding the physiological regulation of the calcium pump. PMID:23455422

Toyoshima, Chikashi; Iwasawa, Shiho; Ogawa, Haruo; Hirata, Ayami; Tsueda, Junko; Inesi, Giuseppe

2013-03-14

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Carbon isotope fractionation during calcium carbonate precipitation induced by ureolytic bacteria  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ureolytic bacteria have been proposed as model organisms to investigate the potential of subsurface microorganisms to enhance carbon capture and storage through solubility- and mineral-trapping of CO2 induced by bacterial ureolysis and carbonate formation. Ideally, CO2 incorporation into carbonates can be readily traced using carbon isotope measurements. However, the carbon isotope systematics of bacterial ureolysis and associated carbonate precipitation is still poorly known. We determined the carbon isotope fractionations expressed during ureolysis and carbonate precipitation induced by Sporosarcina pasteurii at 30 °C. Our results indicate that bacterial ureolysis proceeds as a Rayleigh distillation characterized by a 13C-enrichment factor equal to -12.5‰. As precipitation proceeds, the ?13C value of CaCO3, initially 1-2.1‰ lower than that of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), evolves progressively until it is 0.5‰ higher than that of the DIC, i.e. close to the value predicted for isotopic equilibrium. The minor isotope disequilibrium at the onset of precipitation and its rapid evolution towards isotopic equilibrium point to bacterial carbonates as reliable recorders of the carbon isotope composition of DIC. This corroborates the potential utility of 13C-tracing for the quantification of microbially-induced CO2 sequestration into solid carbonates and DIC.

Millo, Christian; Dupraz, S.; Ader, M.; Guyot, F.; Thaler, C.; Foy, E.; Ménez, B.

2012-12-01

350

Calcium isotopic composition of marine biogenic carbonates: influences of mineralogy and biology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We measured the calcium isotopic composition (Ca-44/Ca-40 ratios, ?44Ca) of reef corals, coralline sponges, and benthic and planktonic gastropods. The resulting values are compared to published data of planktonic foraminifera and inorganic aragonite precipitates (Gussone et al., in press). All carbonates are depleted in Ca-44 with respect to seawater. The isotope data form three distinct clusters: (1) inorganic aragonite, aragonitic sponges and gastropods show the lowest isotope ratios, i.e. the strongest fractionation with respect to calcium in seawater. (2) calcitic sponges, and calcitic foraminifera are enriched in ?44Ca by about 0.6 permill compared to group 1. (3) corals (aragonite) show intermediate values. The offset between group 1 and 2 is explained as a mineralogical effect, with calcite being less fractionated than aragonite. The isotopic offset of coral aragonite from the rest of the investigated aragonites points to an advanced calcification mechanism in reef corals. This probably includes active transport and storage of the calcium within the corals. Precipitation rates vary within group 1 by more than an order of magnitude without any significant effect on the calcium isotopic composition. Therefore, the one order of magnitude faster precipitation rates of corals compared to group 1 cannot explain the isotope offset. Reference: Gussone, N., Eisenhauer, A., Heuser, A., Dietzel, M., Bock, B., Böhm, F., Spero, H.J., Lea, D.W., Bijma, J., Nägler, Th.F. (in press, 2003): Model for kinetic effects on calcium isotope fractionation (?44Ca) in inorganic aragonite and cultured planktonic foraminifera. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta.

Böhm, F.; Gussone, N.; Eisenhauer, A.; Heuser, A.; Haase-Schramm, A.; Vacelet, J.; Reitner, J.; Dullo, W.-C.

2003-04-01

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Ion microprobe measurement of strontium isotopes in calcium carbonate with application to salmon otoliths  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The ion microprobe has the capability to generate high resolution, high precision isotopic measurements, but analysis of the isotopic composition of strontium, as measured by the 87Sr/ 86Sr ratio, has been hindered by isobaric interferences. Here we report the first high precision measurements of 87Sr/ 86Sr by ion microprobe in calcium carbonate samples with moderate Sr concentrations. We use the high mass resolving power (7000 to 9000 M.R.P.) of the SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe in combination with its high transmission to reduce the number of interfering species while maintaining sufficiently high count rates for precise isotopic measurements. The isobaric interferences are characterized by peak modeling and repeated analyses of standards. We demonstrate that by sample-standard bracketing, 87Sr/86Sr ratios can be measured in inorganic and biogenic carbonates with Sr concentrations between 400 and 1500 ppm with ???2??? external precision (2??) for a single analysis, and subpermil external precision with repeated analyses. Explicit correction for isobaric interferences (peak-stripping) is found to be less accurate and precise than sample-standard bracketing. Spatial resolution is ???25 ??m laterally and 2 ??m deep for a single analysis, consuming on the order of 2 ng of material. The method is tested on otoliths from salmon to demonstrate its accuracy and utility. In these growth-banded aragonitic structures, one-week temporal resolution can be achieved. The analytical method should be applicable to other calcium carbonate samples with similar Sr concentrations. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

Weber, P.K.; Bacon, C.R.; Hutcheon, I.D.; Ingram, B.L.; Wooden, J.L.

2005-01-01

352

Influence of zinc on the calcium carbonate biomineralization of Halomonas halophila  

PubMed Central

Background The salt tolerance of halophilic bacteria make them promising candidates for technical applications, like isolation of salt tolerant enzymes or remediation of contaminated saline soils and waters. Furthermore, some halophilic bacteria synthesize inorganic solids resulting in organic–inorganic hybrids. This process is known as biomineralization, which is induced and/or controlled by the organism. The adaption of the soft and eco-friendly reaction conditions of this formation process to technical syntheses of inorganic nano materials is desirable. In addition, environmental contaminations can be entrapped in biomineralization products which facilitate the subsequent removal from waste waters. The moderately halophilic bacteria Halomonas halophila mineralize calcium carbonate in the calcite polymorph. The biomineralization process was investigated in the presence of zinc ions as a toxic model contaminant. In particular, the time course of the mineralization process and the influence of zinc on the mineralized inorganic materials have been focused in this study. Results H. halophila can adapt to zinc contaminated medium, maintaining the ability for biomineralization of calcium carbonate. Adapted cultures show only a low influence of zinc on the growth rate. In the time course of cultivation, zinc ions accumulated on the bacterial surface while the medium depleted in the zinc contamination. Intracellular zinc concentrations were below the detection limit, suggesting that zinc was mainly bound extracellular. Zinc ions influence the biomineralization process. In the presence of zinc, the polymorphs monohydrocalcite and vaterite were mineralized, instead of calcite which is synthesized in zinc-free medium. Conclusions We have demonstrated that the bacterial mineralization process can be influenced by zinc ions resulting in the modification of the synthesized calcium carbonate polymorph. In addition, the shape of the mineralized inorganic material is chancing through the presence of zinc ions. Furthermore, the moderately halophilic bacterium H. halophila can be applied for the decontamination of zinc from aqueous solutions. PMID:23198844

2012-01-01

353

Adsorption of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles on silica and calcium carbonate sand.  

PubMed

Superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles have the potential to be used in the characterization of porous rock formations in oil fields as a contrast agent for NMR logging because they are small enough to traverse through nanopores and enhance contrast by shortening NMR T2 relaxation time. However, successful development and application require detailed knowledge of particle stability and mobility in reservoir rocks. Because nanoparticle adsorption to sand (SiO2) and rock (often CaCO3) affects their mobility, we investigated the thermodynamic equilibrium adsorption behavior of citric acid-coated SPIO nanoparticles (CA SPIO NPs) and poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted SPIO nanoparticles (PEG SPIO NPs) on SiO2 (silica) and CaCO3 (calcium carbonate). Adsorption behavior was determined at various pH and salt conditions via chemical analysis and NMR, and the results were compared with molecular theory predictions. Most of the NPs were recovered from silica, whereas far fewer NPs were recovered from calcium carbonate because of differences in the mineral surface properties. NP adsorption increased with increasing salt concentration: this trend was qualitatively explained by molecular theory, as was the role of the PEG grafting in preventing NPs adsorption. Quantitative disagreement between the theoretical predictions and the data was due to NP aggregation, especially at high salt concentration and in the presence of calcium carbonate. Upon aggregation, NP concentrations as determined by NMR T2 were initially overestimated and subsequently corrected using the relaxation rate 1/T2, which is a function of aggregate size and fractal dimension of the aggregate. Our experimental validation of the theoretical predictions of NP adsorption to minerals in the absence of aggregation at various pH and salt conditions demonstrates that molecular theory can be used to determine interactions between NPs and relevant reservoir surfaces. Importantly, this integrated experimental and theoretical approach can be used to gain insight into NP mobility in the reservoir. PMID:24393031

Park, Yoonjee C; Paulsen, Jeffrey; Nap, Rikkert J; Whitaker, Ragnhild D; Mathiyazhagan, Vidhya; Song, Yi-Qiao; Hürlimann, Martin; Szleifer, Igal; Wong, Joyce Y

2014-01-28

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Formation of calcium carbonate films on chitosan substrates in the presence of polyacrylic acid  

SciTech Connect

In this investigation, chitosan membranes with different surface average degrees of deacetylation (DA) are prepared and then are employed as the support matrix to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In the presence of high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained on the surface of all chitosan films mainly consisted of vaterite, which suggests the presence of bulk PAA plays an overwhelming part in stabilizing the vaterite. As a comparison, the influences of active groups indicate that only in case of low concentration PAA the thin CaCO{sub 3} films grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite owing to the strong nucleation ability of -NH{sub 2} group, whereas, for those grown on chitosan with 80% DA the CaCO{sub 3} films mainly consisted of aragonite. A more complex scenario revealed that in the case of intermediate concentration of PAA the formed polymorphs behave as mixtures of vaterite and aragonite. - Graphical abstract: Chitosan membranes with different degrees of deacetylation (DA) are employed as support to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained consisted of vaterite. However, the CaCO{sub 3} film grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite as opposed to aragonite for chitosan with 8% DA. The schematic presentation of the formation of calcium carbonate on chitosan films with different degrees of acetylation in the presence of PAA with low-, mid- and high concentrations.

He, Linghao; Xue, Rui [Zhengzhou University of Light Industry Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science, Henan, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Song, Rui, E-mail: rsong@gucas.ac.c [Zhengzhou University of Light Industry Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science, Henan, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

2009-05-15

355

Guided bone regeneration membrane made of polycaprolactone\\/calcium carbonate composite nano-fibers  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, new type of guided bone regeneration (GBR) membranes were fabricated by polycaprolactone (PCL)\\/CaCO3 composite nano-fibers with two different PCL to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) ratios (PCL:CaCO3=75:25wt% and 25:75wt%). The composite nano-fibers were successfully fabricated by electrospinning method and CaCO3 nano-particles on the surface of nano-fibers were confirmed by energy disperse X-ray (EDX) analysis. In order to achieve mechanical

K. Fujihara; M. Kotaki; S. Ramakrishna

2005-01-01

356

Crystal Structures of the GCaMP Calcium Sensor Reveal the Mechanism of Fluorescence Signal Change and Aid Rational Design  

SciTech Connect

The genetically encoded calcium indicator GCaMP2 shows promise for neural network activity imaging, but is currently limited by low signal-to-noise ratio. We describe x-ray crystal structures as well as solution biophysical and spectroscopic characterization of GCaMP2 in the calcium-free dark state, and in two calcium-bound bright states: a monomeric form that dominates at intracellular concentrations observed during imaging experiments and an unexpected domain-swapped dimer with decreased fluorescence. This series of structures provides insight into the mechanism of Ca{sup 2+}-induced fluorescence change. Upon calcium binding, the calmodulin (CaM) domain wraps around the M13 peptide, creating a new domain interface between CaM and the circularly permuted enhanced green fluorescent protein domain. Residues from CaM alter the chemical environment of the circularly permuted enhanced green fluorescent protein chromophore and, together with flexible inter-domain linkers, block solvent access to the chromophore. Guided by the crystal structures, we engineered a series of GCaMP2 point mutants to probe the mechanism of GCaMP2 function and characterized one mutant with significantly improved signal-to-noise. The mutation is located at a domain interface and its effect on sensor function could not have been predicted in the absence of structural data.

Akerboom, Jasper; Velez Rivera, Jonathan D.; Rodriguez Guilbe, María M.; Alfaro Malavé, Elisa C.; Hernandez, Hector H.; Tian, Lin; Hires, S. Andrew; Marvin, Jonathan S.; Looger, Loren L.; Schreiter, Eric R.; (MIT); (Puerto Rico); (HHMI)

2009-03-16

357

On the coating of precipitated calcium carbonate with stearic acid in aqueous medium.  

PubMed

A series of experimental precipitated calcium carbonates (PCCs) coated with commercial stearic acid (stearin), with the coating amount of stearin added to the PCC particles ranging from 3 to 13.5 wt %, were prepared in aqueous medium and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). FTIR and TGA results indicated that only calcium stearate is present without any free stearic acid left on the surface of the produced PCCs. It was also found that the calcium stearate formed on the coated surface is partially chemisorbed and partially physisorbed. Interestingly, the surface coverage of the chemisorbed stearate, determined by the DSC technique in about 3.25 wt %, was much lower than the theoretical full monolayer coverage (4.17 wt %) for the same set of particles. This result was confirmed by determining the amount necessary to cover the filler with a full monolayer of surfactant by means of a dissolution method where the amount of dissolved surface agent, after the coating reaction, was measured by gas chromatography (GC). In other words, a complete chemisorbed monolayer on the surface cannot be reached, even in the presence of an amount of stearate ions far in excess compared to those required by the stoichiometry. This can be explained by considering that the coating in aqueous medium is quite different from solvent or dry coating, since the process is controlled by micelle adsorption, followed by the collapse of micelles into double or multiple layers during the drying stage. PMID:20334413

Shi, Xuetao; Rosa, Roberto; Lazzeri, Andrea

2010-06-01

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Development of poly(aspartic acid-co-malic acid) composites for calcium carbonate and sulphate scale inhibition.  

PubMed

Polyaspartic acid (PSI) is suitable for the inhibition of inorganic scale deposition. To enhance its scale inhibition efficiency, PSI was modified by reacting aspartic acid with malic acid (MA) using thermal polycondensation polymerization. This reaction resulted in poly(aspartic acid-co-malic acid) (PSI-co-MA) dual polymer. The structural, chemical and thermal properties of the dual polymers were analysed by using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and gel permeation chromatography. The effectiveness of six different molar ratios of PSI-co-MA dual polymer for calcium carbonate and calcium sulphate scale inhibition at laboratory scale batch experiments was evaluated with synthetic brine solution at selected doses of polymer at 65-70°C by the static scale test method. The performance of PSI-co-MA dual polymer for the inhibition of calcium carbonate and calcium sulphate precipitation was compared with that of a PSI single polymer. The PSI-co-MA exhibited excellent ability to control inorganic minerals, with approximately 85.36% calcium carbonate inhibition and 100% calcium sulphate inhibition at a level of 10?mg/L PSI-co-MA, respectively. Therefore, it may be reasonably concluded that PSI-co-MA is a highly effective scale inhibitor for cooling water treatment applications. PMID:25371160

Mithil Kumar, N; Gupta, Sanjay Kumar; Jagadeesh, Dani; Kanny, K; Bux, F

2014-12-01

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Characterisation of Calcium Phosphate Crystals on Calcified Human Aortic Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells and Potential Role of Magnesium  

PubMed Central

Background Cardiovascular disease including vascular calcification (VC) remains the leading cause of death in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). The process of VC seems likely to be a tightly regulated process where vascular smooth muscle cells are playing a key role rather than just a mere passive precipitation of calcium phosphate. Characterisation of the chemical and crystalline structure of VC was mainly led in patients or animal models with CKD. Likewise, Mg2+ was found to be protective in living cells although a potential role for Mg2+ could not be excluded on crystal formation and precipitation. In this study, the crystal formation and the role of Mg2+ were investigated in an in vitro model of primary human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (HAVSMC) with physical techniques. Methodology/Principal Findings In HAVSMC incubated with increased Ca x Pi medium, only calcium phosphate apatite crystals (CPA) were detected by Micro-Fourier Transform InfraRed spectroscopy (µFTIR) and Field Effect Scanning Electron Microscope (FE — SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) at the cell layer level. Supplementation with Mg2+ did not alter the crystal composition or structure. The crystal deposition was preferentially positioned near or directly on cells as pictured by FE — SEM observations and EDX measurements. Large µFTIR maps revealed spots of CPA crystals that were associated to the cellular layout. This qualitative analysis suggests a potential beneficial effect of Mg2+ at 5 mM in noticeably reducing the number and intensities of CPA µFTIR spots. Conclusions/Significance For the first time in a model of HAVSMC, induced calcification led to the formation of the sole CPA crystals. Our data seems to exclude a physicochemical role of Mg2+ in altering the CPA crystal growth, composition or structure. Furthermore, Mg2+ beneficial role in attenuating VC should be linked to an active cellular role. PMID:25607936

Louvet, Loïc; Bazin, Dominique; Büchel, Janine; Steppan, Sonja; Passlick-Deetjen, Jutta; Massy, Ziad A.

2015-01-01

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In situ probing calcium carbonate formation by combining fast controlled precipitation method and small-angle X-ray scattering.  

PubMed

The initial stage of calcium carbonate nucleation and growth, found usually in "natural" precipitation conditions, is still not well understood. The calcium carbonate formation for moderate supersaturation level could be achieved by an original method called the fast controlled precipitation (FCP) method. FCP was coupled with SAXS (small-angle X-ray scattering) measurements to get insight into the nucleation and growth mechanisms of calcium carbonate particles in Ca(HCO3)2 aqueous solutions. Two size distributions of particles were observed. The particle size evolutions of these two distributions were obtained by analyzing the SAXS data. A nice agreement was obtained between the total volume fractions of CaCO3 obtained by SAXS analysis and by pH-resistivity curve modeling (from FCP tests). PMID:24568190

Chao, Yanjia; Horner, Olivier; Vallée, Philippe; Meneau, Florian; Alos-Ramos, Olga; Hui, Franck; Turmine, Mireille; Perrot, Hubert; Lédion, Jean

2014-04-01

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Polymorph selection and nanocrystallite rearrangement of calcium carbonate in carboxymethyl chitosan aqueous solution: Thermodynamic and kinetic analysis  

SciTech Connect

In this article, the polymorph selection of calcium carbonate has been successfully achieved in water-soluble carboxymethyl chitosan aqueous solution at different temperatures (25-95 {sup o}C). Vaterite is formed in carboxymethyl chitosan solution 25 {sup o}C accompanied with trace of calcite, whereas pure aragonite is obtained at 95 {sup o}C. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses show that the products are formed from the recrystallization of nanometer crystallites. Thermodynamic and kinetic analyses reveal that the polymorph of calcium carbonate is controlled and selected by kinetics in various temperatures. As a heterogeneous nucleator and stabilizing agent, carboxymethyl chitosan changes the nucleation and growth of calcium carbonate from thermodynamic into kinetic control. Under kinetic limitation, the reaction rate of aragonite increases along with the elevating of temperature and surpasses the rate of vaterite above 327 K.

Zhao, Donghui [Key Lab For Special Functional Materials Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China) [Key Lab For Special Functional Materials Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhu, Yingchun, E-mail: yzhu@mail.sic.ac.cn [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China)] [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China); Li, Fang; Ruan, Qichao [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China)] [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhang, Shengmao [Key Lab For Special Functional Materials Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)] [Key Lab For Special Functional Materials Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhang, Linlin; Xu, Fangfang [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China)] [Key Lab of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi, Changning, Shanghai 200050 (China)

2010-01-15

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Experimental modelling of Calcium carbonate precipitation in the presence of phototrophic anaerobic bacteria Rhodovulum sp.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Carbonate biomineralization is considered as one of the main natural processes controlling CO2 levels in the atmosphere both in the past and at present time. Haloalcaliphilic Rhodovulum sp. A-20s isolated from soda lake in southern Siberia and halophilic neutrophilic Rhodovulum sp. S-1765 isolated from hypersaline water body in Crimea steppe represent a large group of phototrophic bacteria likely to be involved in CaCO3 formation in soda and saline lakes. These bacteria use organic substrates for non-oxygenic photosynthesis and thus may mediate CaCO3 precipitation without CO2 consumption in highly-saline, highly-alkaline, NaHCO3-rich solutions. In order to provide the link between surface properties of bacteria and their ability to precipitate Ca carbonate, we used a combination of electrophoretic mobility measurements, surface titration and Ca ion adsorption using dead (autoclaved), inactivated (NaN3 - treated) and live cells at 25 °C as a unction of pH (3-11) and NaCl concentrations (0.01, 0.1, 0.5 M). Zeta potential of both bacteria is identical for active, NaN3-inactivated and dead cells at high ionic strength (0.5 M NaCl). The pH of isoelectric point is below 3 and zeta-potential decreases or remain negative up to pH 11. However, at lower ionic strength (0.1 M and 0.01 M NaCl) for live cells the potential increases towards positive values in the alkaline solutions (pH of 9 to 10). Similar to previous results on cyanobacteria (Martinez et al., 2009) there is a net increase in zeta-potential towards more positive values at pH = 10.4 for active cells. In order to better understand this phenomenon, experiments with different concentration of Ca2+ and HCO3- ions as well as experiments with live cultures in the darkness have been carried out. The presence in solution of Ca2+ (0.01 and 0.001 M) and the absence of light in experiment do not change significantly the potential of the cells. However, the presence in solution of HCO3- strongly reduces the zeta-potential of the cells. To characterise the link between the rate of bacterial growth (biomass production) and the rate of CaCO3 precipitation, batch kinetic experiments were performed. These experiments were carried out in closed (anaerobic) bottles with initial concentration of calcium from 1 to 20 mM and from 5 to 20 mM bicarbonate. The biomass of cells, pH, [Ca2+] and [Alk] were measured as a function of time. Blank experiments (without cell or autoclaved cells) were always carried out. We found that the optimal conditions for both CaCO3 precipitation and biomass increase for the culture Rhodovulum sp. A-20s, is calcium concentration of 3 mM, whatever the concentration of bicarbonate (5, 10, 15 mM). Note also that for calcium concentration higher than 3 mM, the biomass production decreases. In the case of strictly anaerobic Rhodovulum sp. S-1765 bacteria, the optimal conditions for calcium carbonate precipitation is observed for the bicarbonate concentration of 10 mM, whatever the calcium concentration (3, 5, 10 mM). Overall, the present study allows quantitative modeling of bacterially-induced CaCO3 precipitation. It helps to distinguish between the effect of cell surface functional groups, surface electrical charge, soluble organic matter and metabolic change of solution pH on the rate and nature of precipitating calcium carbonate solid phase.

Bundeleva, Irina; Shirokova, Liudmila; Benezeth, Pascale; Pokrovsky, Oleg; Kompantseva, Elena

2010-05-01

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Bacterially induced calcium carbonate precipitation and strontium coprecipitation in a porous media flow system.  

PubMed

Strontium-90 is a principal radionuclide contaminant in the subsurface at several Department of Energy sites in the Western U.S., causing a threat to groundwater quality in areas such as Hanford, WA. In this work, we used laboratory-scale porous media flow cells to examine a potential remediation strategy employing coprecipitation of strontium in carbonate minerals. CaCO(3) precipitation and strontium coprecipitation were induced via ureolysis by Sporosarcina pasteurii in two-dimensional porous media reactors. An injection strategy using pulsed injection of calcium mineralization medium was tested against a continuous injection strategy. The pulsed injection strategy involved periods of lowered calcite saturation index combined with short high fluid velocity flow periods of calcium mineralization medium followed by stagnation (no-flow) periods to promote homogeneous CaCO(3) precipitation. By alternating the addition of mineralization and growth media the pulsed strategy promoted CaCO(3) precipitation while sustaining the ureolytic culture over time. Both injection strategies achieved ureolysis with subsequent CaCO(3) precipitation and strontium coprecipitation. The pulsed injection strategy precipitated 71-85% of calcium and 59% of strontium, while the continuous injection was less efficient and precipitated 61% of calcium and 56% of strontium. Over the 60 day operation of the pulsed reactors, ureolysis was continually observed, suggesting that the balance between growth and precipitation phases allowed for continued cell viability. Our results support the pulsed injection strategy as a viable option for ureolysis-induced strontium coprecipitation because it may reduce the likelihood of injection well accumulation caused by localized mineral plugging while Sr coprecipitation efficiency is maintained in field-scale applications. PMID:23282003

Lauchnor, Ellen G; Schultz, Logan N; Bugni, Steven; Mitchell, Andrew C; Cunningham, Alfred B; Gerlach, Robin

2013-02-01

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Electrochemical splitting of calcium carbonate to increase solution alkalinity: implications for mitigation of carbon dioxide and ocean acidity.  

PubMed

Electrochemical splitting of calcium carbonate (e.g., as contained in limestone or other minerals) is explored as a means of forming dissolve hydroxides for absorbing, neutralizing, and storing carbon dioxide, and for restoring, preserving, or enhancing ocean calcification. While essentially insoluble in water, CaCO3 can be dissolved in the presence of the highly acidic anolyte of a water electrolysis cell. The resulting charged constituents, Ca2+ and C03(2-), migrate to the cathode and anode, respectively, forming Ca(OH)2 on the one hand and H2CO3 (or H2O and CO2) on the other. By maintaining a pH between 6 and 9, subsequent hydroxide reactions with CO2 primarily produce dissolved calcium bicarbonate, Ca(HCO3)2aq. Thus, for each mole of CaCO3 split there can be a net capture of up to 1 mol of CO2. Ca(HCO3)2aq is thus the carbon sequestrant that can be diluted and stored in the ocean, in natural or artificial surface water reservoirs, or underground. The theoretical work requirement for the reaction is 266 kJe per net mole CO2 consumed. Even with inefficiencies, a realized net energy expenditure lower than the preceding quantity appears possible considering energy recovery via oxidation of the H2 produced. The net process cost is estimated to be <$100/tonne CO2 mitigated. An experimental demonstration of the concept is presented, and further implementation issues are discussed. PMID:19192821

Rau, Greg H

2008-12-01

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Calcium carbonate sedimentation on northwestern Gulf of Mexico margin: a new tool for chemical stratigraphy and depositional modeling  

SciTech Connect

The percentage of calcium carbonate in 80 box core tops from the Louisiana shelf and slope reveals that sedimentation of CaCO/sub 3/ is occurring with characteristic patterns on the margin. The Holocene patterns are directly related to proximity of the Mississippi delta system as it affects the relationship between detrital carbonate input, in-situ production of biogenic carbonate, and dilution by detrital siliciclastic components. The calcium carbonate records in exploration wells and offshore bore holes exhibit large and small-scale changes in the relationship between these components during the Pliocene-Pleistocene. Some of these changes in carbonate content are site specific and other changes record significant lateral (east-west) shifts in major siliciclastic depocenters along the developing margin during the Pliocene-Pleistocene.

Williams, D.F.; Trainor, D.M.; Guilderson, T.; Gamble, R.; Corbin, J.

1988-09-01

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Flocculation of starch-coated solidified emulsion droplets and calcium carbonate particles.  

PubMed

In papermaking, many colloidal particles are added to a pulp fiber suspension to improve paper properties. Given the right conditions, these different colloids can interact and flocculate. Examples of papermaking colloids are fillers and internal sizing agents, which improve opacity and hydrophobicity of paper, respectively. Internal sizing agents (added at the wet end of a paper machine) are commonly solidified emulsion droplets, stabilized by cationic starch and other stabilizers. We studied the interaction of a common internal sizing agent, alkyl ketene dimer (AKD), with calcium carbonate fillers. AKD is a liquid above 50-65 degrees C (depending on alkyl chain length), which can be emulsified above its melting point in the presence of a stabilizer, resulting, after cooling, in solid colloidal particles close to 1 microm in size. We investigated the interaction of AKD particles, stabilized by cationic starch, with precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) particles. Pure PCC particles are positively charged, but they become negative in process waters. Flocculation experiments with positively charged AKD and negatively charged PCC were performed using a photometric dispersion analyzer. Instead of the expected heteroflocculation between AKD and PCC, we observed PCC homoflocculation and AKD homoflocculation, results confirmed by SEM. The results are explained by the transfer of starch from AKD to PCC, resulting in PCC flocculation by starch and AKD destabilization due to depletion of the stabilizer. PMID:17292908

Poraj-Kozminski, Agatha; Hill, Reghan J; van de Ven, Theo G M

2007-05-01

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A pH-Sensitive, Biobased Calcium Carbonate Aragonite Nanocrystal as a Novel Anticancer Delivery System  

PubMed Central

The synthesised biobased calcium carbonate nanocrystals had demonstrated to be an effective carrier for delivery of anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). The use of these nanocrystals displayed high levels of selectivity and specificity in achieving effective cancer cell death without nonspecific toxicity. These results confirmed that DOX was intercalated into calcium carbonate nanocrystals at high loading and encapsulation efficiency (4.8 and 96%, resp.). The CaCO3/DOX nanocrystals are relatively stable at neutral pH (7.4), resulting in slow release, but the nanocrystals progressively dissociated in acidic pH (4.8) regimes, triggering faster release of DOX. The CaCO3/DOX nanocrystals exhibited high uptake by MDA MB231 breast cancer cells and a promising potential delivery of DOX to target cells. In vitro chemosensitivity using MTT, modified neutral red/trypan blue assay, and LDH on MDA MB231 breast cancer cells revealed that CaCO3/DOX nanocrystals are more sensitive and gave a greater reduction in cell growth than free DOX. Our findings suggest that CaCO3 nanocrystals hold tremendous promise in the areas of controlled drug delivery and targeted cancer therapy. PMID:24324966

Ismail, Maznah; Tengku Ibrahim, Tengku Azmi; Zakaria, Zuki Abu Bakar

2013-01-01

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Extracellular matrix production and calcium carbonate precipitation by coral cells in vitro  

PubMed Central

The evolution of multicellularity in animals required the production of extracellular matrices that serve to spatially organize cells according to function. In corals, three matrices are involved in spatial organization: (i) an organic ECM, which facilitates cell–cell and cell–substrate adhesion; (ii) a skeletal organic matrix (SOM), which facilitates controlled deposition of a calcium carbonate skeleton; and (iii) the calcium carbonate skeleton itself, which provides the structural support for the 3D organization of coral colonies. In this report, we examine the production of these three matrices by using an in vitro culturing system for coral cells. In this system, which significantly facilitates studies of coral cell physiology, we demonstrate in vitro excretion of ECM by primary (nondividing) tissue cultures of both soft (Xenia elongata) and hard (Montipora digitata) corals. There are structural differences between the ECM produced by X. elongata cell cultures and that of M. digitata, and ascorbic acid, a critical cofactor for proline hydroxylation, significantly increased the production of collagen in the ECM of the latter species. We further demonstrate in vitro production of SOM and extracellular mineralized particles in cell cultures of M. digitata. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis of Sr/Ca ratios revealed the particles to be aragonite. De novo calcification was confirmed by following the incorporation of 45Ca into acid labile macromolecules. Our results demonstrate the ability of isolated, differentiated coral cells to undergo fundamental processes required for multicellular organization. PMID:18162537

Helman, Yael; Natale, Frank; Sherrell, Robert M.; LaVigne, Michèle; Starovoytov, Valentin; Gorbunov, Maxim Y.; Falkowski, Paul G.

2008-01-01

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Optical Properties of Small Ice Crystals with Black Carbon Inclusions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The optical properties of ice crystals play a fundamental role in modeling atmospheric radiation and hydrological cycle, which are critical in monitoring climate change. While Black Carbon (BC) is recognized as the dominant absorber with positive radiative forcing (warming) (Ramanathan & Carmichael, 2008), in-situ observations (Cappa, et al, 2012) indicate that the characterization of the mixing state of BC with ice crystals and other non-BC particles in global climate models (Ghan & Schwartz, 2007) needs further investigation. The limitation in the available mixing models is due to the drastically different absorbing properties of BC compared to other aerosols. We explore the scattering properties of ice crystals (in shapes commonly found in cirrus clouds and contrails - Yang, et al. 2012) with the inclusion of BC particles. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) (Yurkin & Hoekstra, 2011) is utilized to directly calculate the optical properties of the crystals with multiple BC inclusions, modeled as a distribution of spheres. The results are then compared with the most popular models of internal and external mixing (Liou, et al. 2011). The DDA calculations are carried out over a broad range of BC particle sizes and volume fractions within the crystal at the 532 nm wavelength and for ice crystals smaller than 50 ?m. The computationally intensive database generated in this study is critical for understanding the effect of different types of BC inclusions on the atmosphere radiative forcing. Examples will be discussed to illustrate the modification of BC optical properties by encapsulation in ice crystals and how the parameterization of the BC mixing state in global climate models can be improved. Acknowledgements Support by Sandia National Laboratories' LDRD (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) is gratefully acknowledged. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U. S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. Cappa, C.D., Onasch, T.B., Massoli, et al. (2012). Radiative absorption enhancements due to the mixing state of atmospheric black carbon. Science, 337(6098), 1078-1081. Ghan, S.J., & Schwartz, S.E. (2007). Aerosol properties and processes: A path from field and laboratory measurements to global climate models. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(7), 1059-1083. Liou, K.N., Takano, Y., & Yang, P. (2011). Light absorption and scattering by aggregates: Application to black carbon and snow grains. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 112(10), 1581-1594. Ramanathan, V., & Carmichael, G. (2008). Global and regional climate changes due to black carbon. Nature Geoscience, 1(4), 221-227. Yang, P., Bi, L., Baum, B.A., et al. (2013). Spectrally Consistent Scattering, Absorption, and Polarization Properties of Atmospheric Ice Crystals at Wavelengths from 0.2 to 100 ? m. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70(1), 330-347. Yurkin, M.A., & Hoekstra, A.G. (2011). The discrete-dipole-approximation code ADDA: capabilities and known limitations. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 112(13), 2234-2247.

Yang, X.; Geier, M.; Arienti, M.

2013-12-01

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Concentration of dietary calcium supplied by calcium carbonate does not affect the apparent total tract digestibility of calcium, but decreases digestibility of phosphorus by growing pigs.  

PubMed

A regional experiment was conducted to test the hypothesis that the concentration of dietary Ca does not affect the digestibility of Ca or P in diets fed to growing pigs. Six diets based on corn, potato protein isolate, cornstarch, and soybean oil were formulated. All diets also contained monosodium phosphate, crystalline AA, salt, and a vitamin-micromineral premix. The only difference among the diets was that varying concentrations of calcium carbonate were used to create diets containing 0.33, 0.46, 0.51, 0.67, 0.92, and 1.04% Ca. All diets contained between 0.40 and 0.43% P. Six universities participated in the experiment and each university contributed 2 replicates to the experiment for a total of 12 replicates (initial BW: 23.1 ± 4.4 kg). Pigs were placed in metabolism cages that allowed total, but separate, collection of feces and urine from the pigs. Pigs within each replicate were randomly allotted to the 6 diets and fed experimental diets for 14 d with urine and feces being collected over a 5-d period. Diets, feces, and urine samples were analyzed for Ca and P, and the daily balance, the apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD), and the retention of Ca and P were calculated. Results indicated that intake, fecal excretion, and urinary excretion of Ca increased (linear, P<0.05) as dietary Ca concentration increased. The daily intake of P was not affected by the dietary concentration of Ca, but fecal excretion of P increased (linear, P<0.05) as dietary Ca concentrations increased. In contrast, urinary P output was decreased (linear, P<0.05) as dietary Ca increased. The retention of Ca increased (linear, P<0.05) from 1.73 to 4.60 g/d, whereas the retention of P decreased (linear, P<0.05) from 1.98 to 1.77 g/d as dietary Ca concentrations increased. However, if calculated as a percentage of intake, both Ca and P retention were decreased (linear, P<0.05) as dietary Ca concentration increased (from 55.4 to 46.1% and from 48.4 to 43.5%, respectively). The ATTD of Ca was not affected by the dietary concentration of Ca, but the ATTD of P was decreased (linear, P<0.05) from 56.9 to 46.2% as dietary Ca concentration increased. It is concluded that the dietary concentration of Ca does not affect the ATTD of Ca in calcium carbonate, but increased concentrations of dietary Ca may decrease the ATTD of P in diets based on corn, potato protein isolate, and monosodium phosphate. PMID:21335534

Stein, H H; Adeola, O; Cromwell, G L; Kim, S W; Mahan, D C; Miller, P S

2011-07-01

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Salt-enhanced chemical weathering of building materials and bacterial mineralization of calcium carbonate as a treatment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Salt weathering is an important mechanism contributing to the degradation and loss of stone building materials. In addition to the physical weathering resulting from crystallization pressure, the presence of salts in solution greatly enhances the chemical weathering potential of pore waters. Flow through experiments quantify the dissolution rates of calcite and quartz grains (63-125 micrometer diameter) when subjected to 1.0 ionic strength solutions of MgSO4, MgCl, Na2SO4 or NaCl. Results indicate that the identity of the cation is the primary control over the dissolution rate of both calcite and quartz substrates, with salt-enhanced dissolution occurring most rapidly in Mg2+ bearing solutions. It has been observed that weathering rates of rocks in nature, as well as building stones, are slowed down by naturally occurring or artificially produced patinas. These tend to be bacterially produced, durable mineralized coatings that lend some degree of protection to the underlying stone surface [1]. Our research shows that bacterially produced carbonate coatings can be quite effective at reducing chemical weathering of stone by soluble salts. The calcite-producing-bacteria used in this study were isolated from stone monuments in Granada, Spain [2] and cultivated in an organic-rich culture medium on a variety of artificial and natural substrates (including limestone, marble, sandstone, quartz, calcite single crystals, glass cover-slips, and sintered porous glass). Scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) was used to image bacterial calcite growth and biofilm formation. In-situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) enabled calculation of dissolution rates of untreated and bacterially treated surfaces. 2D-XRD showed the mineralogy and crystallographic orientation of bacterial calcium carbonate. Results indicate that bacterially produced calcite crystals form a coherent, mechanically resistant surface layer in perfect crystallographic continuity with the calcite substrate (self-epitaxy). These calcite biominerals are more resistant to chemical weathering by salt-enhanced dissolution, apparently due to the incorporation of organics (bacterial exopolymeric substances, EPS). Conversely, on silicate substrates, non-oriented vaterite forms, leading to limited protection. These preliminary results indicate that bacterial treatments have a significant potential to protect the stone built cultural heritage. [1] De Muynck et al. (2010) Ecol. Eng. 36, 118-136. [2] Jimenez-Lopez et al. (2007) Chemosphere 68, 1929-1936.

Schiro, M.; Ruiz-Agudo, E.; Jroundi, F.; Gonzalez-Muñoz, M. T.; Rodriguez-Navarro, C.

2012-04-01

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Evidence for the involvement of carbonic anhydrase and urease in calcium carbonate formation in the gravity-sensing organ of Aplysia californica  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To better understand the mechanisms that could modulate the formation of otoconia, calcium carbonate granules in the inner ear of vertebrate species, we examined statoconia formation in the gravity-sensing organ, the statocyst, of the gastropod mollusk Aplysia californica using an in vitro organ culture model. We determined the type of calcium carbonate present in the statoconia and investigated the role of carbonic anhydrase (CA) and urease in regulating statocyst pH as well as the role of protein synthesis and urease in statoconia production and homeostasis in vitro. The type of mineral present in statoconia was found to be aragonitic calcium carbonate. When the CA inhibitor, acetazolamide (AZ), was added to cultures of statocysts, the pH initially (30 min) increased and then decreased. The urease inhibitor, acetohydroxamic acid (AHA), decreased statocyst pH. Simultaneous addition of AZ and AHA caused a decrease in pH. Inhibition of urease activity also reduced total statoconia number, but had no effect on statoconia volume. Inhibition of protein synthesis reduced statoconia production and increased statoconia volume. In a previous study, inhibition of CA was shown to decrease statoconia production. Taken together, these data show that urease and CA play a role in regulating statocyst pH and the formation and maintenance of statoconia. CA produces carbonate ion for calcium carbonate formation and urease neutralizes the acid formed due to CA action, by production of ammonia.

Pedrozo, H. A.; Schwartz, Z.; Dean, D. D.; Harrison, J. L.; Campbell, J. W.; Wiederhold, M. L.; Boyan, B. D.

1997-01-01

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Crystallization of carbon-oxygen mixtures in white dwarf stars.  

PubMed

We determine the phase diagram for dense carbon-oxygen mixtures in white dwarf (WD) star interiors using molecular dynamics simulations involving liquid and solid phases. Our phase diagram agrees well with predictions from Ogata et al. and from Medin and Cumming and gives lower melting temperatures than Segretain et al. Observations of WD crystallization in the globular cluster NGC 6397 by Winget et al. suggest that the melting temperature of WD cores is close to that for pure carbon. If this is true, our phase diagram implies that the central oxygen abundance in these stars is less than about 60%. This constraint, along with assumptions about convection in stellar evolution models, limits the effective S factor for the 12C(?,?)16O reaction to S(300)?170??keV?b. PMID:20867223

Horowitz, C J; Schneider, A S; Berry, D K

2010-06-11

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Crystallization of Carbon Oxygen Mixtures in White Dwarf Stars  

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We determine the phase diagram for dense carbon/ oxygen mixtures in White Dwarf (WD) star interiors using molecular dynamics simulations involving liquid and solid phases. Our phase diagram agrees well with predictions from Ogata et al. and Medin and Cumming and gives lower melting temperatures than Segretain et al. Observations of WD crystallization in the globular cluster NGC 6397 by Winget et al. suggest that the melting temperature of WD cores is close to that for pure carbon. If this is true, our phase diagram implies that the central oxygen abundance in these stars is less than about 60%. This constraint, along with assumptions about convection in stellar evolution models, limits the effective S factor for the $^{12}$C($\\alpha,\\gamma$)$^{16}$O reaction to S_{300} <= 170 keV barns.

C. J. Horowitz; A. S. Schneider; D. K. Berry

2010-05-14

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First-principles study of the stability of calcium-decorated carbon nanostructures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In view of the interest in calcium-decorated carbon nanostructures motivated by potential biotechnological and nanotechnological applications, we have carried out a systematic and thorough first-principles computational study of the energetic and structural properties of these systems. We use density-functional theory (DFT) and ab initio molecular dynamic simulations to determine minimum energy configurations, binding energy profiles and the thermodynamic stability of Ca-decorated graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) as function of doping concentration. In graphene, we predict the existence of an equilibrium (3×3)R30° commensurate CaC6 monolayer that remains stable without clustering at low and room temperatures. For carbon nanotubes, we demonstrate that uniformly Ca-decorated zigzag (n?10,0) CNT become stable against clustering at moderately large doping concentrations while Ca-coated armchair (n,n) CNT exhibit a clear thermodynamic tendency for Ca aggregation. In both Ca-doped graphene and CNT systems, we estimate large energy barriers (˜1eV) for atomic aggregation processes, which indicates that Ca clustering in carbon nanosurfaces may be kinematically hindered. Finally, we demonstrate via comparison of DFT and Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation calculations that DFT underestimates significantly the weak interaction between a Ca dopant and a coronene molecule, and also that the Ca-coronene system is not physically comparable to Ca-doped graphene due to lack of electronic ?-d orbitals hybridization near the Fermi energy level.

Cazorla, C.; Shevlin, S. A.; Guo, Z. X.

2010-10-01

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Exopolymeric substances of sulfate-reducing bacteria: Interactions with calcium at alkaline pH and implication for formation of carbonate minerals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) have been recognized as key players in the precipitation of calcium carbonate in lithifying microbial communities. These bacteria increase the alkalinity by reducing sulfate ions, and consuming organic acids. SRB also produce copious amounts of exopolymeric substances (EPS). All of these processes influence the morphology and mineralogy of the carbonate minerals. Interactions of EPS with metals, calcium

O. BRAISSANT; A. W. DECHO; C. DUPRAZ; C. GLUNK; K. M. PRZEKOP; P. T. VISSCHER

2007-01-01

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The Influence of Stabilizing Agents on the Interaction between Styrene\\/Butadiene Latex and Calcium Carbonate: A Calorimetric and a Dynamic Electrokinetic Study  

Microsoft Academic Search

The role of stabilizing agents in the interaction between styrene\\/butadiene latex and calcium carbonate particles has been studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and an electrokinetic sonic amplitude (ESA) technique. It is demonstrated that the polyacrylate sodium salt (dispersing agent, referred to as NaPA) used as stabilizing agent for the calcium carbonate suspensions principally affects the interfacial properties of the

Kaj Backfolk; Serge Lagerge; Jarl B. Rosenholm

2002-01-01

378

Electrodialysis of calcium and carbonate high concentration solutions and impact on composition in cations of membrane fouling.  

PubMed

Fouling, which is the accumulation of undesired solid materials at the phase interfaces of permselective membranes, is one of the major problems in electrodialysis. The objectives of the present work were to investigate the effect of the composition in calcium and carbonate of a model solution to be treated by conventional electrodialysis on their migration kinetics and the composition in cations of the membrane fouling. In the absence of sodium carbonate in the solution, no fouling was visually observed on anion-exchange membranes (AEM) and fouling was observed only at 1600 mg/L CaCl2 on cation-exchange membrane (CEM), while at only 800 mg/L CaCl2 with sodium carbonate, a deposit was observed on both membranes. This difference could be explained by the fact that carbonate has a high buffer capacity, and the time to reach pH 4.0 was then longer than the one without carbonate. Consequently, the migration of the ionic species was carried out over a longer period of time during ED treatment with sodium carbonate addition and in extent the demineralization rates were higher: 43 vs 86%. For treatment with sodium carbonate and 1600 mg/L CaCl2, the higher migration during ED treatment, increased the concentration of calcium, from 14.24 to 93.38 mg/g dry membrane and from 0.74 to 10.27 mg/g dry membrane for CEM and AEM, respectively. Due to the basic pH on the side of the membrane in contact with the NaCl solution, the calcium would precipitate to form calcium hydroxide on CEM while the calcium migrated through the CEM was blocked by the AEM where it formed another fouling. PMID:15897083

Bazinet, Laurent; Araya-Farias, Monica

2005-06-15

379

Herbal extracts of Tribulus terrestris and Bergenia ligulata inhibit growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals in vitro  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A large number of people in this world are suffering from urinary stone problem. Calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD) containing stones (calculi) are commonly found. In the present study, COM crystals were grown by a double diffusion gel growth technique using U-tubes. The gel was prepared from hydrated sodium metasilicate solution. The gel framework acts like a three-dimensional crucible in which the crystal nuclei are delicately held in the position of their formation, and nutrients are supplied for the growth. This technique can be utilized as a simplified screening static model to study the growth, inhibition and dissolution of urinary stones in vitro. The action of putative litholytic medicinal plants, Tribulus terrestris Linn. ( T.t) and Bergenia ligulata Linn. ( B.l.), has been studied in the growth of COM crystals. Tribulus terrestris and Bergenia ligulata are commonly used as herbal medicines for urinary calculi in India. To verify the inhibitive effect, aqueous extracts of Tribulus terrestris and Bergenia ligulata were added along with the supernatant solutions. The growth was measured and compared, with and without the aqueous extracts. Inhibition of COM crystal growth was observed in the herbal extracts. Maximum inhibition was observed in Bergenia ligulata followed by Tribulus terrestris. The results are discussed.

Joshi, V. S.; Parekh, B. B.; Joshi, M. J.; Vaidya, A. B.

2005-02-01

380

Stable calcium isotope composition of a pedogenic carbonate in forested ecosystem: the case of the needle fibre calcite (NFC).  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calcium (Ca), carbon (C) and oxygen (O) are important elements in terrestrial environment, as their biogeochemical cycles are directly related to the storage of atmospheric carbon. Nevertheless, contrarily to C and O, Ca isotope composition has been only poorly studied in the terrestrial carbonates. Needle Fibre Calcite (NFC) is one of the most common pedogenic carbonates, unless its origin is still under debate. Recent studies explain its formation by precipitation inside fungal hyphae. Due to this possible biogenic origin, NFC can be considered as a potential bridge between the biochemistry (precipitation inside organic structure) and geochemistry (pedogenic carbonate related to soil conditions) of the Ca. Thus, the study of the Ca isotope composition of NFC seem to be of first interest in order to shed light on the behaviour of Ca in terrestrial environment, especially when precipitation of secondary carbonates is involved. The sampling site is situated in the Swiss Jura Mountains and has been chosen due to a previous complete study of the C and O isotope composition of NFC in relation to the ecosystem, which represent a good precondition for the understanding of the NFC Ca isotope signatures in this context. In this study, the implication of the fungi in the origin of NFC is investigated, by comparing the Ca isotope composition of NFC and a purely physicochemical calcite cement (LCC), both precipitated in the same environment. The ?44Ca signature of NFC and LCC crystals were used to determine possible differences of the precipitation rate during their formation. NFC and LCC have similar ?18O composition and are supposed to precipitate at the same temperature (Milliere et al., 2011a). Thus the study of Ca isotope composition of NFC seems to demonstrate that the elongated shape of the calcite needle can be explained by different precipitation processes than the rhombohedric calcite crystals precipitated in the same environment; and more precisely, the specific shape of NFC could be ascribed to a growth related to fungal organic molecules or potentially inside fungal hyphae. Three microscopic morphologies of NFC, previously defined (Milliere et al., 2011a), have been also examined in order to trace the evolution of the NFC inside the soil porosity. The Ca isotope composition of the simple needles, which are supposed to be the original form of NFC are the less fractionated compared to the soil solution, whereas the Ca isotope composition of the two other microscopic morphologies, namely the simple needle with nanofibres and the simple needle with overgrowths, are more fractionated, like the LCC, indicating potentially the influence of biogenic processes in the formation of the simple needles. Milliere L, Hasinger O, Bindschedler S, Cailleau G, Spangenberg JE, Verrecchia EP. 2011a. Stable carbon and oxygen isotopic signatures of pedogenic needle fibre calcite. Geoderma 161, 74-87.

Milliere, Laure; Verrecchia, Eric; Gussone, Nikolaus

2014-05-01

381

Crystallization from Gels  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Among the various crystallization techniques, crystallization in gels has found wide applications in the fields of biomineralization and macromolecular crystallization in addition to crystallizing materials having nonlinear optical, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and other properties. Furthermore, by using this method it is possible to grow single crystals with very high perfection that are difficult to grow by other techniques. The gel method of crystallization provides an ideal technique to study crystal deposition diseases, which could lead to better understanding of their etiology. This chapter focuses on crystallization in gels of compounds that are responsible for crystal deposition diseases. The introduction is followed by a description of the various gels used, the mechanism of gelling, and the fascinating phenomenon of Liesegang ring formation, along with various gel growth techniques. The importance and scope of study on crystal deposition diseases and the need for crystal growth experiments using gel media are stressed. The various crystal deposition diseases, viz. (1) urolithiasis, (2) gout or arthritis, (3) cholelithiasis and atherosclerosis, and (4) pancreatitis and details regarding the constituents of the crystal deposits responsible for the pathological mineralization are discussed. Brief accounts of the theories of the formation of urinary stones and gallstones and the role of trace elements in urinary stone formation are also given. The crystallization in gels of (1) the urinary stone constituents, viz. calcium oxalate, calcium phosphates, uric acid, cystine, etc., (2) the constituents of the gallstones, viz. cholesterol, calcium carbonate, etc., (3) the major constituent of the pancreatic calculi, viz., calcium carbonate, and (4) cholic acid, a steroidal hormone are presented. The effect of various organic and inorganic ions, trace elements, and extracts from cereals, herbs, and fruits on the crystallization of major urinary stone and gallstone constituents are described. In addition, tables of gel-grown organic and inorganic crystals are provided.

Narayana Kalkura, S.; Natarajan, Subramanian

382

Preparation and structure of carbonated calcium hydroxyapatite substituted with heavy rare earth ions  

SciTech Connect

Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LnCaHap solid solution particles were prepared using five types of heavy rare earth ions by a precipitation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The length and the crystallinity of the LnCaHap particles first increased and then decreased with increasing Ln{sup 3+} contents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A series of YCaHap solid solution particles formed with Y/(Y + Ca) = 0-0.10 were investigated using various methods in detail. -- Abstract: Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHap) particles substituted five types of heavy rare earth ions (Ln: Y{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}) were synthesized using a precipitation method and characterized using various means. These Ln ions strongly affected the crystal phases and the structures of the products. With increasing Ln/(Ln + Ca) in the starting solution ([X{sub Ln}]), the length and the crystallinity of the particles first increased and then decreased. The rare earth metal-calcium hydroxyapatite (LnCaHap) solid solution particles were obtained at [X{sub Y}] {<=} 0.10 for substituting Y system and at [X{sub Ln}] {<=} 0.01-0.03 for substituting the other Ln systems. LnPO{sub 4} was mixed with LnCaHap at higher [X{sub Ln}] for all Ln systems. A series of yttrium-calcium hydroxyapatite (YCaHap) solid solutions with [X{sub Y}] = 0-0.10 were investigated using XRD, TEM, ICP-AES, IR and TG-DTA in detail.

Yasukawa, Akemi, E-mail: yasukawa@cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp [School of Home Economics, Faculty of Education, Hirosaki University, 1-bunkyo, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8560 (Japan)] [School of Home Economics, Faculty of Education, Hirosaki University, 1-bunkyo, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8560 (Japan); Kandori, Kazuhiko [School of Chemistry, Osaka University of Education, 4-698-1 Asahigaoka, Kashiwara, Osaka 582-8582 (Japan)] [School of Chemistry, Osaka University of Education, 4-698-1 Asahigaoka, Kashiwara, Osaka 582-8582 (Japan); Tanaka, Hidekazu [Department of Material Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Shimane University, 1060 Nishikawatsu, Matsue, Shimane 690-8504 (Japan)] [Department of Material Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Shimane University, 1060 Nishikawatsu, Matsue, Shimane 690-8504 (Japan); Gotoh, Keiko [Faculty of Human Life and Environment, Nara Women's University, Kita-uoya-nishi, Nara 630-8506 (Japan)] [Faculty of Human Life and Environment, Nara Women's University, Kita-uoya-nishi, Nara 630-8506 (Japan)

2012-05-15

383

Synergistic Effects of Carbon Fillers in Thermally Conductive Liquid Crystal Polymer Based Resins  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermally conductive resins are needed for fuel cell bipolar plates. Varying amounts of three different carbons (carbon black, synthetic graphite particles, and carbon fiber) were added to Vectra A950RX Liquid Crystal Polymer. The resulting single filler composites were tested for thermal conductivity. In addition, the effects of single fillers and combinations of two different carbon fillers were studied via a

Julia A. King; Rebecca A. Hauser; Amanda M. Tomson; Isabel M. Wescoat; Jason M. Keith

2008-01-01

384

Evidence for the effect of carbon on oxygen precipitation in Czochralski silicon crystal  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reports some new experimental evidence for the effect of carbon on oxygen precipitation in a high carbon content Czochralski silicon (H[C] Cz-Si) crystal. The oxygen precipitation occurring at an intermediate temperature of 950 °C has been especially investigated. In such case, the carbon atoms slightly participate in oxygen precipitation with 1200 °C preannealing, while the carbon atoms actively

Peidong Liu; Xiangyang Ma; Jinxin Zhang; Liben Li; Duanlin Que

2000-01-01

385

Advances in synthesis of calcium phosphate crystals with controlled size and shape.  

PubMed

Calcium phosphate (CaP) materials have a wide range of applications, including biomaterials, adsorbents, chemical engineering materials, catalysts and catalyst supports and mechanical reinforcements. The size and shape of CaP crystals and aggregates play critical roles in their applications. The main inorganic building blocks of human bones and teeth are nanocrystalline CaPs; recently, much progress has been made in the application of CaP nanocrystals and their composites for clinical repair of damaged bone and tooth. For example, CaPs with special micro- and nanostructures can better imitate the biomimetic features of human bone and tooth, and this offers significantly enhanced biological performances. Therefore, the design of CaP nano-/microcrystals, and the shape and hierarchical structures of CaPs, have great potential to revolutionize the field of hard tissue engineering, starting from bone/tooth repair and augmentation to controlled drug delivery devices. Previously, a number of reviews have reported the synthesis and properties of CaP materials, especially for hydroxyapatite (HAp). However, most of them mainly focused on the characterizations and physicochemical and biological properties of HAp particles. There are few reviews about the control of particle size and size distribution of CaPs, and in particular the control of nano-/microstructures on bulk CaP ceramic surfaces, which is a big challenge technically and may have great potential in tissue engineering applications. This review summarizes the current state of the art for the synthesis of CaP crystals with controlled sizes from the nano- to the macroscale, and the diverse shapes including the zero-dimensional shapes of particles and spheres, the one-dimensional shapes of rods, fibers, wires and whiskers, the two-dimensional shapes of sheets, disks, plates, belts, ribbons and flakes and the three-dimensional (3-D) shapes of porous, hollow, and biomimetic structures similar to biological bone and tooth. In addition, this review will also summarize studies on the controlled formation of nano-/microstructures on the surface of bulk ceramics, and the preparation of macroscopical bone grafts with 3-D architecture nano-/microstructured surfaces. Moreover, the possible directions of future research and development in this field, such as the detailed mechanisms behind the size and shape control in various strategies, the importance of theoretical simulation, self-assembly, biomineralization and sacrificial precursor strategies in the fabrication of biomimetic bone-like and enamel-like CaP materials are proposed. PMID:24954909

Lin, Kaili; Wu, Chengtie; Chang, Jiang

2014-10-01

386

Study on structural, morphological, optical and thermal properties of guanidine carbonate doped nickel sulfate hexahydrate crystal  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The single crystal of guanidine carbonate doped nickel sulfate hexahydrate was grown from solution for ultraviolet filters. The single crystal XRD confirms that the grown single crystal belongs to the tetragonal system with the space group of P41212. The crystallinity of the grown crystal was estimated by powder X-ray diffraction studies. The optical transmission and thermal stability of as-grown guanidine carbonate doped nickel sulfate single crystals have been studied. The optical transmission spectrum demonstrates the characteristics of ultraviolet filters. The TG/DTA studies confirm the thermal properties of grown crystals. Thermo-gravimetric analysis showed that the dehydration temperature of the guanidine carbonate doped nickel sulfate crystal is about 100 °C, which is much higher than that of pure nickel sulfate hexahydrate (NSH) crystals which is 72 °C. The growth behaviors and dislocation density were detected under the high resolution XRD and etching studies respectively.

Silambarasan, A.; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

2015-01-01

387

Transmission electron microscopic identification of silicon-containing particles in synovial fluid: potential confusion with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate and apatite crystals.  

PubMed Central

Silicon-containing particles were identified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in thin sections of two synovial fluids, which also contained calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals, aspirated during acute attacks of pseudogout. Such particles, which are interpreted as probably being artefacts from glassware, were electron dense and similar in appearance to some CPPD or hydroxyapatite crystals. Images PMID:6476921

Bardin, T; Schumacher, H R; Lansaman, J; Rothfuss, S; Dryll, A

1984-01-01

388

Liquid crystal nanocomposites produced by mixtures of hydrogen bonded achiral liquid crystals and functionalized carbon nanotubes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The liquid crystalline (LC) nature of alkyloxybenzoic acids is preserved after adding of any mesogenic or non-mesogenic compound through hydrogen bonding. However, this noncovalent interaction provokes a sizable effect on the physical properties as, e. g. melting point and mesomorphic states. In the present work we investigate nanocomposites, prepared by mixture of the eighth homologue of p-n-alkyloxybenzoic acids (8OBA) with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) with the purpose to modify the optical properties of the liquid crystal. We exercise optical control on the LC system by inserting SWCNT specially functionalized by carboxylic groups. Since the liquid crystalline state combines order and mobility at the molecular (nanoscale) level, molecular modification can lead to different macroscopical nanocomposite symmetry. The thermal properties of the functionalized nanocomposite are confirmed by DSC analyses. The mechanism of the interaction between surface-treated nanoparticles (functionalized nanotubes) and the liquid crystal 8OBA bent- dimer molecules is briefly discussed.

Katranchev, B.; Petrov, M.; Keskinova, E.; Naradikian, H.; Rafailov, P. M.; Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U.; Spassov, T.

2014-12-01

389

A Model of Transient Thermal Transport Phenomena Applied to the Carbonation and Calcination of a Sorbent Particle for Calcium Oxide Looping CO2 Capture  

E-print Network

A Model of Transient Thermal Transport Phenomena Applied to the Carbonation and Calcination cyclic thermochemical transfor- mations. The carbonation­calcination reaction pair for calcium oxide to investigate two cases distinguished by the length of the carbonation and calcination periods. The carbonation­calcination

390

Roles of oleic acid during micropore dispersing preparation of nano-calcium carbonate particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the present work, nano-calcium carbonate powder was prepared by micropore dispersion method with assistance of oleic acid as surfactant. CO 2 gas was dispersed into the Ca(OH) 2/H 2O slurry via a glass micropore-plate with the diameter of micropore about 20 ?m. To investigate the effect of oleic acid on the size of CaCO 3 particles, different amount of oleic acid was added in Ca(OH) 2/H 2O slurry at 5 °C and 25 °C, respectively. XRD patterns show that cubic calcite is the only crystalline phase in all cases. ZPA data and TEM photo indicate that the average particle size synthesized at 5 °C without oleic acid is of about 40 nm, slightly smaller than that of prepared at 25 °C, and that the dispersity of sample prepared at 5 °C is better than that of 25 °C. When oleic acid is added in both temperatures, the average particle size decreases a little. FT-IR spectra demonstrate that oleic acid interacts with Ca 2+ and carbon-carbon double bond existed on the surface of particle. Consequently, two opposite roles of oleic acid during the process of preparation of nano-CaCO 3 were proposed, namely preventing nanoparticles from growing during reaction and making nanoparticles reunite to a certain extent after reaction.

Jiang, Jiuxin; Liu, Jie; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Gaowen; Gong, Xinghou; Liu, Jianing

2011-06-01

391

Analysis of carbon functional groups in mobile humic acid and recalcitrant calcium humate extracted from eight US soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Solid state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a common tool to study the structure of soil humic fractions; however, knowledge regarding carbon structural relationships in humic fractions is limited. In this study, mobile humic acid (MHA) and recalcitrant calcium humate (CaHA) fr...

392

Comparison of serum fluoride levels after administration of monofluorophosphate-calcium carbonate or sodium fluoride: differences in peak serum concentrations  

Microsoft Academic Search

Fluoride salts are widely used in Europe in the treatment of established osteoporosis with crush fractures for their ability to increase trabecular bone mass. However, in the United States fluorides are still regarded as an experimental drug. In a prospective, randomized study we compared the fluoride pharmacokinetics of enteric-coated sodium fluoride and disodium monofluorophosphate calcium carbonate (MFP-Ca) over the period

L. Erlacher; H. Teufelsbauer; P. Bernecker; P. Pietschmann; M. Weissel

1994-01-01

393

Size controlled hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate particles: synthesis and their application as templates for SERS platform.  

PubMed

An elegant route for hydroxyapatite (HA) particle synthesis via ionic exchange reaction is reported. Calcium carbonate particles (CaCO3) were recrystallized into HA beads in water solution with phosphate ions. The size of initial CaCO3 particles was controlled upon the synthesis by varying the amount of ethylene glycol (EG) in aqueous solution. The average size of HA beads ranged from 0.6±0.1 to 4.3±1.1?m. Silver nanoparticles were deposited on the surface of HA and CaCO3 particles via silver mirror reaction. Surface enhanced Raman scattering of silver functionalized beads was demonstrated by detecting Rhodamine B. CaCO3 and HA particles have a great potential for design of carrier which can provide diagnostic and therapeutic functions. PMID:24802965

Parakhonskiy, B V; Svenskaya, Yu I; Yashchenok, A ?; Fattah, H A; Inozemtseva, O A; Tessarolo, F; Antolini, R; Gorin, D A

2014-06-01

394

Layered growth of crayfish gastrolith: about the stability of amorphous calcium carbonate and role of additives.  

PubMed

Previous studies on pre-molt gastroliths have shown a typical onion-like morphology of layers of amorphous mineral (mostly calcium carbonate) and chitin, resulting from the continuous deposition and densification of amorphous mineral spheres on a chitin-matrix during time. To investigate the consequences of this layered growth on the local structure and composition of the gastrolith, we performed spatially-resolved Raman, X-ray and SEM-EDS analysis on complete pre-molt gastrolith cross-sections. Results show that especially the abundance of inorganic phosphate, phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)/citrate and proteins is not uniform throughout the organ but changes from layer to layer. Based on these results we can conclude that ACC stabilization in the gastrolith takes place by more than one compound and not by only one of these additives. PMID:25433275

Habraken, Wouter J E M; Masic, Admir; Bertinetti, Luca; Al-Sawalmih, Ali; Glazer, Lilah; Bentov, Shmuel; Fratzl, Peter; Sagi, Amir; Aichmayer, Barbara; Berman, Amir

2015-01-01

395

Removal of copper from aqueous solution by carbon nanotube/calcium alginate composites.  

PubMed

With bulk production and increasing application of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as adsorbents in wastewater treatment, they will eventually be discharged into water environment and result in human contact risk to these toxic materials. However, so far few attentions have been paid to resolve the environmental micro-pollution caused by these micro-sized CNTs. In this research, an environmental friendly adsorbent, CNTs immobilized by calcium alginate (CNTs/CA) was prepared. Its copper adsorption properties were investigated via equilibrium studies. Experimental results showed that copper removal efficiency of CNTs/CA is high and reaches 69.9% even at a lower pH of 2.1. The copper adsorption capacity of CNTs/CA can attain 67.9 mg/g at copper equilibrium concentration of 5mg/L. PMID:20083351

Li, Yanhui; Liu, Fuqiang; Xia, Bing; Du, Qiuju; Zhang, Pan; Wang, Dechang; Wang, Zonghua; Xia, Yanzhi

2010-05-15

396

Anticancer drug delivery system based on calcium carbonate particles loaded with a photosensitizer.  

PubMed

In photodynamic therapy (PDT), photosensitizers are required to arrive in high concentrations at selective targets like cancer cells avoiding toxicity in healthy tissue. In this work, we propose the application of porous calcium carbonate carriers in the form of polycrystalline vaterite for this task. We investigated the loading efficiency for the photosensitizer Photosens in vaterite micro- and nanocarriers. A possible release mechanism depending on the surrounding pH was studied, showing a fast degradation of the carriers in buffers below pH7. These results hold out the prospect of a novel PDT drug delivery system. Variation of particle size or additional coatings allow custom-design of workload release curves. An intrinsic cancer-sensitivity can be expected from the pH-dependent release in the acidic microenvironment of cancer tissue. PMID:23932207

Svenskaya, Yulia; Parakhonskiy, Bogdan; Haase, Albrecht; Atkin, Vsevolod; Lukyanets, Evgeny; Gorin, Dmitry; Antolini, Renzo

2013-12-01

397

Agarose gel tailored calcium carbonate nanoparticles-synthesis and biocompatibility evaluation.  

PubMed

In this study, a novel approach to tailor the calcium carbonate nanoparticles was exploited based on agarose gel as polymer medium. The size of nanoparticles formed was governed by ionic diffusion and affected by weight percent of agarose and reaction temperature. The size, shape, purity, composition and allotropy of the synthesized nanoparticles were analyzed by different characterization techniques. Purity of nanoparticles as small as 37 nm demonstrates their suitability for broad range of industrial applications. The exposure of rat lung epithelial cells to these nanoparticles even at a higher concentration (50 microg/ml) did not induce considerable oxidative stress or cell death authenticating their fidelity to potential applications in the field of biotechnology and medicine. Through the simple and economic method of synthesis adopted in this study, separation of nanoparticles from the gel was easy, and process parameters could be optimized to control the particle size. PMID:24738380

Biradar, Santoshkumar; Goornavar, Virupaxi; Periyakaruppan, Adaikkappan; Koehne, Jessica; Hall, Joseph C; Ramesh, Vani

2014-06-01

398

Ab initio and metadynamics studies on the role of essential functional groups in biomineralization of calcium carbonate and environmental situations.  

PubMed

The interactions of proteins, polysaccharides and other biomolecules with Ca(2+), CO3(2-), and water are central to the understanding of biomineralization and crystallization of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), and their association with the natural organic matter (NOM) in the environment. A molecular-level investigation of how such interactions and thermodynamic forces drive the nucleation and growth of crystalline CaCO3 in living organisms remains elusive. This paper presents ab initio and metadynamics studies of the interactions of Ca(2+), CO3(2-), and water with the essential amino acids/functional groups, e.g. arginine/NH2(+), aspartate or glutamate/COO(-), aspartic or glutamic acid/COOH, and serine/OH, of protein/organic molecules that are likely to be critical to the biomineralization of CaCO3. These functional groups were modeled as guanidinium (Gdm(+)), acetate (AcO(-)), acetic acid (AcOH), and ethanol (EtOH) molecules, respectively. The Gdm(+)-Ca(2+)-CO3(2-) and AcO(-)-Ca(2+)-CO3(2-) systems were found to form stable ion-complexes irrespective of the presence of near neighbor water molecules. The strong electrostatic interactions of these functional groups with their counter-ions significantly affect the fundamental vibrational frequencies of the functional groups, mainly the NH2 stretching (str.) and degenerate (deg.) scissors modes of Gdm(+) and -C=OO, CC, and CO str. modes of AcO(-). The free-energy calculations reveal that EtOH forms weakly bound molecular complexes with the Ca(2+)-CO3(2-) ion pairs in water. However, the interaction strength of EtOH with crystalline CaCO3 can increase significantly due to combined effect of H-bond and electron donor acceptor (EDA) type of interactions. These results indicate that -NH2(+) and -COO(-) bearing molecules serve as potential nucleation sites promoting crystallization of CaCO3 phases while -OH bearing molecules are likely to control the morphology of the crystalline phases by attaching to the growing crystal surfaces. PMID:25375213

Saharay, Moumita; Kirkpatrick, R James

2014-12-28