Leeds Centre for Crystallization

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Crystals at Leeds

Just as the beauty of crystals has fascinated mankind since the earliest times, crystallization has intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. However the subject remains as relevant and vital as ever.

A vast array of technological processes and natural phenomena as diverse and significant as the production of pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials and biomaterials, bone and teeth formation, the precipitation of ice in the atmosphere and the prevention of scale deposition is centred around crystallization.  Clearly, this is a topic that touches us all, every day of our lives.  Only by developing an understanding of crystal nucleation and growth events can we learn how to control and profit from these processes.

The Leeds Centre for Crystallization (LCC) is an interdisciplinary research centre which brings together researchers across the University of Leeds with common interests in crystallization.  In doing so it provides a platform for cross department/faculty collaboration and serves as a focus for sustainable research in the field of crystallization. 

Representing disciplines which cover the whole breadth of the field, from theory to experiment, chemistry to physics, inorganics to organics and pharmaceuticals, environment to engineering and nanoscience to biology and medicine, the LCC is one of largest centres of expertise in crystallization in the UK and in Europe.

The work of the LCC is of keen academic and industrial importance, gaining support from a wide range of sources including RCUK funding councils, charities and the EU.  Demonstrating the relevance of the work to industry, many of our members also have significant industrial collaborations.

To support our research, the LCC has access to a wide range of state-of-the art analytical equipment including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, process development and scale-up equipment, thermal analysis techniques and scanning probe microscopy.

Crystal synthesis therefore goes hand-in-hand with characterization and modelling, leading to an ever better understanding of the principles underlying the formation of the crystalline materials.

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