Special Issue "Crystal Growth from Liquid Phase"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: crystal growth; computer simulation; fluid flow; heat transfer; mass transfer
Bulk single crystals of semiconductors, oxides, borides, halides, and biomaterials are mostly grown from the melt or solution known as the liquid phase. During crystal growth from the liquid phase, transport structures developing in the growth solution/melt, such as fluid flow, temperature, and concentration fields, significantly affect the quality of grown crystals. Therefore, such transport structures must be better understood and controlled for the growth of high-quality crystals. In this direction, the application of applied electric and magnetic fields and crystal/crucible rotations is considered. Microgravity conditions have also been utilized.
Recent developments in numerical simulations and experimental techniques shed light on the understanding of the relations between the transport structures developing in the growth melt/solution and the crystal quality. Various optimization techniques have been considered to obtain optimum growth conditions for the growth of high quality crystals. Even artificial intelligence (AI), such as neural networks, has been utilized for the optimization of growth techniques and the design of new functional materials.
This Special Issue aims at publishing research findings from various perspectives on bulk crystal growth from the liquid phase. We encourage the submission of original articles in this field by means of numerical simulations and/or experimental approaches, including novel design of growth process, by considering external applied fields and new approaches. Moreover, reviews and feature articles are also welcome. Topics for this issue may include:
- Transport phenomena occurring during growth of bulk crystals from the liquid phase; numerical and experimental;
- Study and control of transport structures in the melt/solution under external fields; numerical and experimental;
- Development and utilization of new growth processes and systems for bulk crystal growth.
Prof. Dr. Yasunori Okano
Prof. Dr. Sadik Dost
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Bulk single crystal growth
- Liquid phase
- Melt and solution growth
- Applied magnetic and external fields
- Numerical simulations