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Special Issue "Non-Classical Crystal Growth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2019).
According to the classical crystal growth theory, established over 100 years ago, a crystal is developed via nucleation and the repeated attachment of building units, which can be atoms, molecules or ions. The polyhedral morphology of crystals can be explained by different growth rates along different crystal orientations. However, many crystals do not follow classical growth routes, forming various morphologies or novel hierarchical structures. For example, fast aggregation of precursor molecules/ions may disturb the environment for the growth of free crystals, leading to so-called reversed crystal growth, forming hollow crystals. When release of the building units relies on a reaction on some particular crystal surfaces, growth orientations can be highly selective, forming dendrites. The formation of some novel morphologies of polycrystalline particles may be driven by inter-particle forces of dipole fields, magnetic fields, etc. In fact, many phenomena of crystal growth have not been well investigated.
This Special Issue on “Non-Classical Crystal Growth” is intended to provide an international forum for scientists to present and discuss various novel crystal growth mechanisms. Better understanding of crystal growth will enable us to better-control crystal size and morphology. Scientists are invited to contribute to this issue in different forms, short communications, full papers, and review articles.Prof. Dr. Wuzong Zhou
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- non-classical crystal growth
- selective growth orientations
- unusual nucleation sites
- reversed crystal growth
- formation mechanisms of crystal defects
- aggregation and re-crystallization