Versatile crystal growth for functional materials

31 March 2017

AMOLF researcher Wim Noorduin and fellow scientists Nadir Kaplan, Joanna Aizenberg and L. Mahadevan of Harvard University have developed a model that can be used to accurately describe and predict the formation of a broad range of exquisite three-dimensional crystal structures. This provides the basis for a new, cheap and versatile production method for the manufacture of functional materials, such as light guides for solar cells.

Image (produced with optical microscopy) of a spiral-shaped structure

The research team presents its results on March 31st in Science, an important milestone in the research. Noorduin:

"Four years ago, we were mainly enthusiastic about the versatility of the crystallisation technique. Now we also know how we can give practical relevance to it."

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Source: NWO