Nucleation - A Transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials: Faraday Dicussion

30 March - 1 April 2015, Leeds, United Kingdom

The crystallisation phase transformation process and the resulting creation of crystalline materials from liquid phase precursors are central to the science and process engineering of materials in their broadest sense. Crystallisation involves two distinct stages: nucleation and growth. Due to the nano-scale size domain within which the nucleation process functions it is a much less understood process compared to the growth process. As a result, elucidating the fundamental physics and chemistry that govern the formation and structure of the nucleation supra-molecular transition state remains one of the truly unresolved 'grand challenges' of the physical sciences.


  • Molecular self-assembly and clustering in nucleation processes
    This session will focus on the transition pathway, and its associated molecular assembly process, for solute molecules as they aggregate and stabilise into clusters prior to their subsequent development in the growth stage into facetted crystals. The session will seek to examine the latest results from both experimental studies and advanced molecular and synthonic modelling.
  • Nucleation kinetics and mechanisms
    The session will focus on the mechanistic processes underpinning the nucleation process, i.e. whether single/2-step, progressive/instantaneous, homo/heterogeneous etc. and The role played by secondary nucleation processes in modifying nucleation behaviour will be examined and the session will also seek to examine the latest research in kinetic modelling of the nucleation process.
  • Solvent and additive interactions as determinants in the nucleation pathway
    Solvent interactions as determinants in the nucleation pathway This session will seek to examine the role played by the crystallisation environment, notably solvent choice (whether polar/apolar, protic/aprotic and molecular size/shape), the presence of hetero-species such as additives and resultant solution structure, in dictating the nucleation process. The role played by solution ideality as well as the influence hydrogen bonding and synthon architectures for directing specific solute-solute interactions will be examined.
  • Nucleation in complex multi-component and multi-phase systems
    This session will examine nucleation within complex crystallisation environments for situation where the presence of multi-components and phases are found to significantly change crystallisation behaviour and crystallisability of a material, e.g. in an extreme case leading to oiling out. Understanding the influence of phase composition, molecular speciation and chirality on behaviour and how this effects the solid form properties of the resultant crystals produced (polymorphic form, crystal size and crystallinity) will be also examined.

The Faraday Discussion Poster Prize, sponsored by Cogent, was won by 1 poster:

Alpana Thorat
Non-classical srystallization pathways of curcumin
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
We would like to thank Cogent for sponsoring the poster prize at Nucleation - a Transition State to the DIrected Assembly of Materials: Faraday Discussion.
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