When we encounter chemicals in our daily life, be they pharmaceutical drugs, the rocks in the earth or the condiments we add to our food, they are often in a crystalline form. As such understanding how and why particular crystals form is enormously important. The crystalline form of a substance affects its processibility and in some cases its performance. There is thus a strong desire amongst industrial chemists to control crystallization. Furthermore, nucleation – the first step in the formation of a crystal – is an incredibly rare event, which makes it very difficult (and thus interesting) to simulate.
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