Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation

Joanna Mosses, David A. Turton, Leo Lue, Jan Sefcik, Klaas Wynne

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1139-1142
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number6
Early online date28 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2015


  • crystal nucleation
  • liquid–liquid phase separation
  • crystal growth


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