281146 Crystals Are Like People: Growth and Defects Are What Make Them Interesting

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 12:30 PM
Crawford West (Westin )
Michael F. Doherty, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

"Crystals Are Like People: Growth and Defects Are What Make Them Interesting"

There is a growing interest in predicting and controlling the size and shape of crystalline particles. Multidimensional population balances have been developed to accomplish this task but they suffer from the drawback of needing the absolute growth rate for every family of faces that may appear on the crystal surface. Such growth rates are known for only a handful of crystalline materials and prospects are bleak for extending the library of growth rate data. This raises the question of where the surface growth rates for all the families of faces will come from to drive multidimensional population balance engineering technology. One answer is "from first principles." In this lecture it will be shown how to reformulate multidimensional population balances in terms of relative growth rates and how to create first principles mechanistic models to calculate these quantities for real molecular crystals as a function of supersaturation.


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