Crystallization and Growth of Colloidal Nanocrystals

  • Edson Roberto Leite
  • Caue Ribeiro

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Materials book series (BRIEFSMATERIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 1-6
  3. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 7-17
  4. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 19-43
  5. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 45-68
  6. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 69-81
  7. Edson Roberto Leite, Caue Ribeiro
    Pages 83-92
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 93-95

About this book


Since the size, shape, and microstructure of nanocrystalline materials strongly impact physical and chemical properties, the development of new synthetic routes to  nanocrystals with controlled composition and morphology is a key objective of the nanomaterials community. This objective is dependent on control of the nucleation and growth mechanisms that occur during the synthetic process, which in turn requires a fundamental understanding of both classical nucleation and growth and non-classical growth processes in nanostructured materials.  Recently, a novel growth process called Oriented Attachment (OA) was identified which appears to be a fundamental mechanism during the development of nanoscale  materials. OA is a special case of aggregation that provides an important route by which nanocrystals grow, defects are formed, and unique—often symmetry-defying—crystal morphologies can be produced. This growth mechanism involves reversible self-assembly of primary nanocrystals followed by reorientation of the assembled nanoparticles to achieve structural accord at the particle-particle interface, the removal of adsorbates and solvent molecules, and, finally, the irreversible formation of chemical bonds to produce new single crystals, twins, and intergrowths.

Crystallization and Growth of Colloidal Nanocrystals provides a current understanding of the mechanisms related to nucleation and growth for use in controlling nanocrystal morphology and physical-chemical properties, and is essential reading for any chemist or materials scientist with an interest in using nanocrystals as building blocks for larger structures. This book provides a compendium for the expert reader as well as an excellent introduction for advanced undergraduate and graduate students seeking a gateway into this dynamic area of research.

Describes basic principles of nucleation and growth in nanocrystal colloidal synthesis

Presents non-classical crystallization and growth processes, including Oriented Attachment

Provides a unified perspective on a key challenge in the development of nanostructured materials


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Authors and affiliations

  • Edson Roberto Leite
    • 1
  • Caue Ribeiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Ciências Exatas e de, TecnologiaUniversidade Federal de São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil
  2. 2.Agropecuária (EMBRAPA)Empresa Brasileira de PesquisaSão CarlosBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Edson Roberto Leite and Caue Ribeiro 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1307-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1308-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-1091
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-1105
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