Argonne National Laboratory

Dissolving the mineral calcite: Reaction front instability

Using the X-ray Reflection Interfacial Microscope powered by the Advanced Photon Source, researchers can both watch and drive the nanoscale changes of the surface of a calcite mineral as it dissolves in real-time. In this image, researchers observe distortions in the reaction front (the boundary between the blue and red regions) as they form on the surface of the calcite mineral, driven by the high solution acidity where the reaction fronts become unstable.

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