Exotic light and matter interactions enhance control over crystallisation
Crystals can have all kinds of constituents. Ionic ones make up crystals of salt, molecular ones crystals of sugar and of course all kinds of atoms, molecules, and even peptides and more are crystallised in labs around the world. Controlling the nucleation event that initiates the crystallisation process and creates a small nucleus on which the crystal grows is fundamental to the outcome. The EU-funded CONTROL project will develop the experimental and theoretical foundations to exploit optical tweezers and other exotic light-matter interactions for unprecedented control over the crystals formed. Commercialisation of the novel platform is part of the plan to unleash a new period of innovation supported by controlled crystallisation.
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