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Asymmetric crystal growth of alpha-resorcinol from the vapor phase: surface reconstruction and conformational change are the culprits

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Journal publication date2007
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


Differential growth: The growth of crystals of α-resorcinol (see picture; C gray, H white, O red) from the vapor phase is asymmetric along the polar axis. By means of molecular-dynamics simulations, the slower growth at the (011) polar surface is traced back to conformational change of the molecule and to surface reconstruction, which may be a general phenomenon in polar crystals.