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Mesocrystals and Nonclassical Crystallization


Through both explanation and discussion, this title presents a complete review into mesocrystals, and accurately describes this relatively new study of established materials. This book also provides an introduction to other areas of crystallisation including self-assembly, classical crystallisation and colloidal crystals.

 Key features:

  • Description of crystals as well as their formation processes and ways to modify them.
  • Examines new ways towards the design of new materials and aids comprehension of the building principles of biominerals.
  • Helps to explain many unusual observations made in the study of crystallisation.

Written by the professionals in this subject ‘Mesocrystals: New Self-Assembled Structures’ outlines the future potential of this topic within a variety of disciplines including engineering science, physics and chemistry, making it a versatile and valuable text.


1. Mesocrystals and Nonclassical Crystallization.

2. Physico-Chemical Principles of Crystallization.

3. Examples of Crystals Challenging the Classical Textbook Mechanism.

4. Nonclassical Crystallization.

5. Self-Assembly and Self-Organization.

6. Colloidal Crystals with Spherical Units: Opals and Colloidal Nanocrystals.

7. Mesocrystal Systems.

8. Mechanism of Mesocrystal Formation.

9. Analysis of Mesocrystals.

10. Tuning of Properties.

11. A Unifying Crystallization Mechanism.

12. Analogy between Oriented Attachment or Hierarchically Structured Crystals and Polymers.

13. Summary and Outlook.