Crystallization Kinetics


The classical theory of steady state crystal nucleation is discussed, as originally developed by Gibbs, Volmer, Weber, Becker, Döring, Turnbull and Fisher. A particular focus is drawn on the implications of heterogeneous nucleation sites, which can increase the homogeneous nucleation rate by many orders of magnitude. Classical theory of crystal growth is covered as well.

In Sect. 7.2, these theories are applied to measurements of nucleation and growth parameters in amorphous and liquid phase change materials by calorimetry and microscopy. The results contribute to a better understanding of the kinetics of the phase transformation in these materials, which helps to develop next-generation phase change media and to scale them to smaller dimensions.


Nucleation Rate Phase Change Material Crystallization Kinetic Homogeneous Nucleation Crystal Nucleation 


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