Thermally induced phase transformation of pearl powder.

Materials science & engineering. C, Materials for biological applications (2013-03-19)
Guoqing Zhang, Yili Guo, Ju Ao, Jing Yang, Guanglie Lv, Kaimin Shih
ABSTRACT

The polymorphic phase transformation of thermally treated pearl powder was investigated by X-ray diffraction and thermoanalytical techniques. The phase transformation was based on quantification of the calcite content at various temperatures using Rietveld refinement analysis. The results show that the phase transformation of pearl aragonite occurred within a temperature range of 360-410 °C, which is 50-100 °C lower than the range for non-biomineralized aragonite. These thermoanalytical results suggest that the phase transformation of pearl aragonite may occur immediately after the thermal decomposition of the organic matrix in the pearl powder. An important finding is that decomposition of the organic matrix may greatly facilitate such transformation by releasing additional space for an easier structural reconstruction during the phase transformation process.

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