Crystal Growth — Ostwald Ripening

  • Avner Friedman
  • David S. Ross
Part of the Mathematics in Industry book series (MATHINDUSTRY, volume 3)


The silver halide crystals of photographic emulsions are precipitated from solutions of halides and silver salts. For example, if we mix solutions of silver nitrate (AgNO3) and potassium bromide (KBr), the following reaction takes place:

AgNO3 (solution)+KBr (solution) → AgBr (solid)+KNO3 (solution).


Surface Tension Mass Balance Equation Silver Salt Silver Halide Silver Bromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avner Friedman
    • 1
  • David S. Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA

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