Crystallography Reports

, Volume 63, Issue 7, pp 1195–1199 | Cite as

New Cluster Concept of Crystal Formation

  • A. M. AskhabovEmail author


Some new models of crystal nucleation and growth, which make it possible to form fundamentals of nonclassical cluster paradigm of crystal formation, have been proposed within the theory of cluster self-organization of material on the nanoscale. According to these models, crystal nucleation occurs according to the two-step mechanism through the formation of peculiar nanoclusters (“hidden”-phase clusters or quatarons) in the crystal-forming medium. These clusters are also considered to be the main building units during crystal growth.



The studies aimed at developing the cluster concept of crystal formation were supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Program for Fundamental Research of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geology of the Komi Science Center, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesSyktyvkarRussia

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