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Crystallization of molecular systems from solution: phase diagrams, supersaturation and other basic concepts

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The aim of the tutorial review is to show that any crystallization from solution is guided by stable or metastable equilibria and thus can be rationalized by using phase diagrams. Crystallization conducted by cooling, by evaporation and by anti-solvent addition is mainly considered. The driving force of crystallization is quantified and the occurrence of transient metastable states is logically explained by looking at the pathways of crystallization and the progressive segregation which might occur in a heterogeneous system.

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The article was received on 12 Oct 2013 and first published on 23 Jan 2014


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60359H
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 2286-2300
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    Crystallization of molecular systems from solution: phase diagrams, supersaturation and other basic concepts

    G. Coquerel, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2286
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60359H

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