## Prenucleation Clusters and Non-classical Nucleation

2011
Journal article
##### Published in
Nano Today ; 6 (2011), 6. - pp. 564-584. - ISSN 1748-0132
##### Abstract
In this contribution, we review the recent literature on an alternative crystallization pathway involving stable clusters prior to nucleation and show that the prenucleation cluster pathway is a truly non-classical concept of nucleation. Prenucleation clusters are solutes with “molecular” character in aqueous solution. It becomes evident that the stable clusters may have been concealed by the so-called ion pair concept and activity effects. We show that non-classical nucleation via stable prenucleation clusters is a highly valuable concept for a novel understanding of phenomena observed in bio- and biomimetic mineralization, which however may hardly be rationalized by means of classical nucleation theory. The importance to combine experimental and theoretical studies is emphasized.
540 Chemistry
##### Cite This
ISO 690GEBAUER, Denis, Helmut CÖLFEN, 2011. Prenucleation Clusters and Non-classical Nucleation. In: Nano Today. 6(6), pp. 564-584. ISSN 1748-0132. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.nantod.2011.10.005
BibTex
@article{Gebauer2011Prenu-17428,
year={2011},
doi={10.1016/j.nantod.2011.10.005},
title={Prenucleation Clusters and Non-classical Nucleation},
number={6},
volume={6},
issn={1748-0132},
journal={Nano Today},
pages={564--584},
author={Gebauer, Denis and Cölfen, Helmut}
}

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