Special Issue "Crystal Morphology and Assembly in Spherulites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017)
A spherulite (organic/inorganic molecular compounds or polymers) is a hierarchically packed complex structure of a rounded aggregate composed of central nuclei usually with cavity/crack, lamellae bundles radiating from nuclei, crystal branches or dislocations, and interspersed with localized amorphous domains. The typical spherulite diameter can vary from micrometers to millimeters, depending on kinetic factors. As spherulites are viewed using a polarizing optical microscope, the directional alignment of the molecules within the lamellae results in optical birefringence with a variety of color patterns, sometimes with ordered repetitions, which have intrigued scientific investigators for centuries. However, crystal morphology and mechanisms of lamellae assembly in spherulites, owing to theire complexity, have yet to be better understood.
This Special Issue of Crystals aims to be a collection of high-caliber original/review papers focusing on recent progress on: (a) mechanisms of diversification of spherulite morphology; (b) micro-lamellar assembly leading to a variety of optical birefringence patterns in spherulites; (c) kinetics and thermodynamics theories/models for prediction of lamellae self-assembly patterns in spherulites; (d) novel interpretations for periodically repetitive crystal assembly in spherulites; and (e) special crystal morphology in spherulites that are associated with potential applications such as functional, biomedical, or photonic materials. However, other interesting topics are also welcome should they fall generally in the field of crystals and their self-ordering behavior in spherulites.
Prof. Dr. Eamor M. Woo
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- Lamellae assembly
- Crystal growth