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A microfluidic device for investigating crystal nucleation kinetics

P. Laval, J.-B. Salmon, M. Joanicot — J. Crystal Growth, 303 (2007) 622

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We have developed an original setup using microfluidic tools allowing one to produce continuously monodisperse microreactors (100 nL), and to control their temperatures as they flow in the microdevice. With a specific microchannels geometry, we are able to apply large temperature quenches to droplets containing a KNO3 solution (up to 50 °C in 10 s), and then to follow nucleation kinetics at high supersaturations. By measuring the probability of crystal presence in the droplets as a function of time, we estimate the nucleation rate for different supersaturations, and confront our results to the classical nucleation theory.

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