Diffusion-controlled growth in a crowded environment

R. Jagannathan, J. S. Wey

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A growth rate expression was derived for the diffusion-controlled growth of particles in a crowded open system where new solute materials are continuously introduced. The interparticle effect was represented by a "crowding factor", η, which depends on particle size, diffusion layer thickness, and interparticle distance. For diffusion-controlled growth in a noncrowded system, η is equal to one. However, when the interparticle distance is smaller than or comparable to the finite diffusion layer thickness, η is greater than one. This results in a significant increase in the growth rate for a given supersaturation. The theoretical concepts were used to explain the effect of interparticle distance on the growth rates of AgBr crystals reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-606
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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