Monthly Archives: November 2016

Nice publication about cristal growing

Some thoughts about the single crystal growth of small molecules†

Bernhard Spingler,* Stephan Schnidrig, Tonya Todorova and Ferdinand Wild

DOI: 10.1039/c1ce05624g

This highlight critically compares various techniques to grow single crystals when only a few milligrams are available of the compound of interest. The authors describe vapour diffusion, evaporation, cooling, and layering techniques, as well as crystallisation in gels. A table of successfully applied solvent/antisolvent combinations for initial screening is given. Additionally, a comprehensive table of 107 solvents with their boiling points, densities and dielectric constants helps to optimise the crystal growth.