Special Issue "Microfluidic Platforms for Crystallography"
A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: synthesis and control self-assembly of functional organic and inorganic materials (in solution and at surfaces) via microfluidic technologies; further, developing these technologies to command and understand the formation and function of unprecedented out-of-equilibrium assemblies (a key aspect to unveil structure-properties correlations of new functional matter)
Self-assembly processes, such as crystallizations, are ubiquitous in nature and have greatly contributed to the evolution of living organisms. It is for this reason that crystallizations have been broadly studied in the scientific community. In order to get a better understanding of life, and its existing active machinery, one needs to unveil vital players in biology development, being crystallization processes one of the essential coders. To date, however, most efforts made to study, understand, and control crystallization processes have been conducted under equilibrium conditions (i.e., thermodynamic control). Moreover, these studies have focused mainly on chemical approaches; derivatization and/or design of new molecular components. In sharp contrast, nature can remarkably control crystallization processes obtaining non-equilibrium crystal forms (i.e., kinetic control), which can then be used to achieve specific functions.
In this context, microfluidic technologies have recently proved to be excellent platforms to study and manipulate crystallization processes; thermodynamic to kinetic control assembly can be accomplished in microfluidic conditions. This Special Issue on “Microfluidic Platforms for Crystallography” aims at providing the latest advances in this emergent field of research, connecting experts from different scientific disciplines that wish to gain further insights in crystallization processes. Therefore, we invite contributions from researchers working in a wide range of scientific disciplines and that make use of microfluidic technologies for crystallization studies.
Dr. Josep Puigmartí-Luis
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- Kinetic and thermodynamic control