A strategy for retrospectively mapping the growth history of a crystal

Benjamin A. Palmer, Kenneth D.M. Harris, François Guillaume

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Figure Presented Like the rings of a tree: A novel strategy is presented that yields insights on crystal growth processes from retrospective analysis of crystals recovered at the end of the process. The strategy is based on systems in which the composition of the growing crystal surfaces varies during crystal growth, while the crystal structure remains constant. The compositional distribution in the crystal is monitored using confocal Raman microspectrometry (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5096-5100
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number30
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal growth
  • Growth history
  • Raman microspectrometry
  • Solid solutions
  • Urea inclusion compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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