Crystal Research and Technology

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Editor: Wolfgang Neumann (Editor-in-Chief), Klaus-W. Benz (Consulting Editor)

Online ISSN: 1521-4079

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (a), physica status solidi (b), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

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  1. Systematic Investigation on Synthesis of CuInS2 Powder and its Influencing Factors

    Kegao Liu, Jing Li, Yong Xu, Lei Shi and Wencheng Gao

    Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700203

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    CuInS2 powders were prepared by solvothermal method. The optimum conditions for preparing wurtzite CuInS2 powder are at 160 °C for 20 h using CuC12·2H2O, InCl3 and SC(NH2)2 as raw materials and the mixed solution of ethanol and hydrazine hydrate as solvent. The optimum conditions for chalcopyrite CuInS2 are reacting at 220 °C for 30 h with ethanol without hydrazine hydrate as solvent and CuC12·2H2O, InCl3 and SC(NH2)2 as raw materials.

  2. Remarkable Enhancement on Optical Properties of Alkali Metals Doped Anthracene Crystals

    Vairakani Nagarajan, Ananth Jayakumar Nitthin Ananth and Seenivasan Ramaswamy

    Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700217

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    Novel synthesis of alkali metal doped anthracene crystals have been grown with high stability and optical activities. The occupancy of alkali metal onto anthracene lattice site exhibits significant intensity enhancement in blue wavelength regime. Consequently, the remarkable increment in nonlinear activity has been achieved in doped anthracene crystals. This work reports the growth of crystals and its physicochemical properties emphasizing optical enhancements and nonlinearity with respect to its monovalent dopants.

  3. Controllable Synthesis and Growth Mechanism of Ceria Nanocubes by Template-Free Hydrothermal Method

    Hepeng Zhang, Bo Yang, Huan Li, Chen Wu, Wenbin Wang, Baoliang Zhang, Qiuyu Zhang and Chongyin Zhang

    Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700233

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    The formation mechanism of CeO2 nanocubes in high alkali concentration was explored by tracking the hydrothermal process. It is believed that the dissolution-recrystallization process is accelerated in the condition of strong base, high temperature and high pressure. In other word, the Ostwald ripening process was strengthened, which is the decisive factor for the formation of CeO2 nanocubes.

  4. Growth at Room Temperature and Investigation of Physicochemical Characteristics of New Semi-Organic BaxCa1-xC4H4O4 (x = 0.2, 04, 0.5, 0.6 and 0.8) Crystals

    D. S. Christy, C. K. Mahadevan and X. Sahaya Shajan

    Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700109

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    Mixing CS with BS leads to increase significantly the thermal stability of the grown BCS 28 to BCS 82 crystals.

  5. Morphology-Controlled Preparation of α-Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate from Phosphogypsum by Semi-Liquid Method

    Yang Mi, Deyu Chen, Yulong He and Shuzhou Wang

    Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700162

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    In this work, α-calcium sulfate hemihydrate was prepared successfully from phosphogypsum via a semi-liquid method. With the organic acid content and pH value being properly monitored and controlled, well-shaped α-calcium sulfate hemihydrate crystal with low aspect ratio of ∼1 can be obtained. The 3 d bending/compressive strength of the hardened paste prepared from the α-calcium sulfate hemihydrate reaches 10.5/43.7 MPa, which is comparable to that of the commercial product.