Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation

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Mosses, Joanna ; Turton, David ; Lue, Leo ; Sefcik, Jan ; Wynne, Klaas (2015)
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1039/C4CC07880B
  • Subject: QC | QD
    arxiv: Physics::Optics
    mesheuropmc: natural sciences

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.
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