Hot Article: Can a computer crystallize a liquid?

In this CrystEngComm Hot Article, Angelo Gavezzotti from the University of Milan has developed a new algorithm to simulate the processes that lead from an isotropic liquid to a crystal structure.

The procedure was applied to the transformation of n-hexane from a liquid to a solid and the structure generated was very similar to the real crystal structure.

It is currently very difficult to experimentally monitor the early stages of molecular recognition and aggregation in a liquid that lead to the nucleation of crystals of organic molecules.

This simulation will provide new insight into the process of molecular crystallization.

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Can a computer crystallize a liquid? Molecular simulation of continuous trajectories from liquid to crystalline n-hexane
Angelo Gavezzotti
CrystEngComm, 2011, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05106G, Paper

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