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Some thoughts about the single crystal growth of small molecules

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This highlight critically compares various techniques to grow single crystals when only a few milligrams are available of the compound of interest. The authors describe vapour diffusion, evaporation, cooling, and layering techniques, as well as crystallisation in gels. A table of successfully applied solvent/antisolvent combinations for initial screening is given. Additionally, a comprehensive table of 107 solvents with their boiling points, densities and dielectric constants helps to optimise the crystal growth.

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The article was received on 25 May 2011, accepted on 09 Nov 2011 and first published on 02 Dec 2011


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05624G
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 751-757
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    Some thoughts about the single crystal growth of small molecules

    B. Spingler, S. Schnidrig, T. Todorova and F. Wild, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 751
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05624G

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