Research Director at Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanosciences de Marseille, CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, CINaM-UMR7325, Campus de Luminy, Case 913, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France
Droplet-based microfluidics to study crystallization fundamentals
The nucleation mechanisms behind crystallized products remain mysterious, mainly due to the fact that experiments on nucleation are generally of a stochastic nature: we do not know where and when an indefinite number of nucleation events will occur. Moreover, nucleation is never alone. It goes with growth (and dissolution) which also control the final properties of crystallized materials.
In this lecture, I will introduce the basic concepts of crystallization and microfluidics. Then, I will present nucleation/growth experiments performed using microdroplets to study crystallization.