Non-ambient FTIR study of thermally treated seashells

Mosoarca Cristina and Banica Radu and Bucur Raul and Pascariu Mihai-Cosmin and Bucur Alexandra and Szabadai Zoltán: Non-ambient FTIR study of thermally treated seashells.

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A large quantity of waste seashells (millions of tons) is discarded annually after mollusc consumption, which becomes a problem for the environment worldwide as these shells are a habitat for microbes which could turn into a public health issue [1]. On the other hand, waste shell biomaterials need a small amount of energy for recycling and processing into useful products for various applications. Calcium carbonate is essential in biomineralization, where it is the primary constituent of mollusc shells, crustacean cuticles, corals etc. In its pure form, it occurs naturally, under normal temperature and pressure conditions, in three anhydrous crystalline forms, namely calcite, aragonite and vaterite [2]. At high pressures, two further forms, namely calcite II and calcite III, are formed. The most stable form of calcium carbonate at atmospheric pressure and room temperature is calcite. The presence of both calcite and aragonite is very frequent in biologically produced calcium carbonate minerals. Though aragonite is metastable in aqueous solution, it can nucleate [3]. Aragonite is found in the nacre of the shells of bivalve molluscs, which provide a protection for these animals [4]. From the study of the marine bivalve species Mercenaria mercenaria and Crassostrea gigas, Weiner et al. [5] have shown that amorphous calcium carbonate is a precursor phase of aragonite. The present study, which is part of our efforts to convert seashells into useful products like hydroxyapatite, investigates the temperature influence on the calcite and aragonite in a processed shell sample by using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems
Date: 2021
Volume: 27
ISBN: 978-963-306-835-9
Page Range: pp. 232-236
Language: English
Publisher: University of Szeged
Place of Publication: Szeged
Event Title: International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems (27.) (2021) (Szeged)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Elektrokémia, Környezetkémia
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 236. p. ; ill. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 01. Natural sciences
01. Natural sciences > 01.04. Chemical sciences
Date Deposited: 2022. May. 31. 10:56
Last Modified: 2022. Aug. 08. 15:40

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