Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation

Mosses, J., Turton, D., Lue, L., Sefcik, J. and Wynne, K. (2015) Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation. Chemical Communications, 51(6), pp. 1139-1142. (doi: 10.1039/C4CC07880B)

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Abstract

Controlled induction of crystal nucleation is a highly desirable but elusive goal. Attempts to speed up crystallization, such as high super saturation or working near a liquid–liquid critical point, always led to irregular and uncontrollable crystal growth. Here, we show that under highly nonequilibrium conditions of spinodal decomposition, water crystals grow as thin wires in a template-less formation of “Haareis”. This suggests that such nonequilibrium conditions may be employed more widely as mechanisms for crystal growth control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Turton, Dr David and Mosses, Mrs Joanna and Wynne, Professor Klaas
Authors: Mosses, J., Turton, D., Lue, L., Sefcik, J., and Wynne, K.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Research Group:Ultrafast Chemical Physics
Journal Name:Chemical Communications
Journal Abbr.:Chem. Comm.
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1359-7345
ISSN (Online):1364-548X
Published Online:28 November 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Chemical Communications 51(6):1139-1142
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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