New Study Reveals Importance of Liquid Structural Ordering in Crystallization
Scientists from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, demonstrate that accounting for liquid preordering is essential to predicting crystal growth
Crystallization in liquids is a fundamental phase transition. While for many years, the understanding of crystallization was governed by "classical nucleation theory," recent research has shifted focus to non-classical pathways in crystallization. In a new study, scientists from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo reveal that the crystal precursor structure, which forms spontaneously as a structural fluctuation in a supercooled liquid, has a critical impact on crystal nucleation and growth.