Numerical Simulation of Crystal Nucleation in Colloids

  • Stefan Auer
  • Daan Frenkel
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 173)


This article reviews the recent progress that has been made in the application of computer simulations to study crystal nucleation in colloidal systems. We discuss the concept and the numerical methods that allow for a quantitative prediction of crystal nucleation rates. The computed nucleation rates are predicted from first principles and can be directly compared to experiments. These techniques have been applied to study crystal nucleation in hard-sphere colloids, polydisperse hard-sphere colloids, weakly charged or slightly soft colloids and hard-sphere colloids that are confined between two plane hard walls. Open image in new window


Nucleation Rate Surface Free Energy Hard Sphere Critical Nucleus Crystal Nucleation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Auer
    • 1
  • Daan Frenkel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, United Kingdom, 
  2. 2.FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Kruislaan 407, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 

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