Thermodynamics of crystal nucleation in an external electric field

  title={Thermodynamics of crystal nucleation in an external electric field},
  author={K. V. Saban and J. E. Thomas and P. A. Varughese and George M. Varghese},
  journal={Crystal Research and Technology},
The influence of electric field on crystal nucleation in a saturated solution has been studied both theoretically and experimentally. The classical equations for nucleation have been used to determine the free energy of formation, critical radius of the cluster and the concentration of the critical nuclei. The theory shows that an externally applied electric field can modify the free energy of formation of a crystalline cluster in its aqueous solution. The impact of the field will be stronger… Expand
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