Title: Aggregation and crystallisation in space
Authors: Kirschhock, Christine ×
Otalora, F.
Piazza, R.
Mazzoni, S. #
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2008
Publisher: European Physical Society
Series Title: Europhysics news vol:39 issue:5 pages:25-28
Abstract: Aggregation and crystal nucleation phenomena are among the subjects in condensed matter physics that still deserve a strong experimental effort to be fully grasped, in particular when they refer to macromolecular solutions or to dispersions of particles in the colloidal size range. Self-assembly, spontaneous ordering, structural organization on mesoscopic scales, are moreover key concepts for the design of nanostructured materials with specific functional properties. Although ground-based experiments performed on model systems have already shed light on many aspects of the latter phenomena, the presence of gravity often plays a noxious role. Density gradients induced by fast settling of large aggregates, or convective effects associated to the depletion zone around growing crystallites are just two well-known examples, but gravity often yields additional and rather unexpected effects.
ISSN: 0531-7479
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
Appears in Collections:Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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