Crystal growth in gels — a survey

  • G. Sperka
Dispersed Systems
Part of the Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 77)


This paper gives a short survey of the principal features of crystal growth in gels. Since there are many variations in the experimental setups only the three basic types, to which all others can be traced back, are described in some detail. The substances which can be grown by the gel technique have been categorized into three groups fulfilling different boundary conditions. No attempt has been made to review all the substances grown in gels, or the existing literature in this field. The crystallization criteria and the influence of the gel itself are outlined. Due to the restricted possibilities of structural investigations, emphasis is laid on the possibilities of simulating gel structures on computers, using simple random growth models.

Key words

Crystal growth gels basic types silica gels gel structure 


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© Dr. Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Sperka
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  1. 1.Institut f. Physikalische and Theoretische ChemieTechnische Universität GrazGrazösterreich

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