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Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation

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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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The article was received on 06 Oct 2014, accepted on 28 Nov 2014 and first published on 28 Nov 2014

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC07880B
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Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 1139-1142

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    Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation

    J. Mosses, D. A. Turton, L. Lue, J. Sefcik and K. Wynne, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 1139
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CC07880B

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