About the book
For a long time, the synthesis of crystalline materials has been a field of intense activity including several disciplines in the field of material science. There are several methods for synthesizing crystalline materials with different sizes (single crystal, crystalline powder, nano-crystalline materials). It may be mentioned: synthesis by reaction in the solid state, combustion, solvothermal route, sol gel reaction, etc. The average particle size depends on the adopted method of synthesis.
On the other hand, Mixtures or polymers cooled slowly from the melt can form regular crystalline structures. The typical temperature range for crystal growth is between the glass transition temperature and the melting point, especially for polymers. Often, maximum growth is observed about halfway between these two temperatures. The morphology of the crystals and the degree of crystallinity depend on the type and structure of the polymer and the growth conditions. The global models of the kinetics of crystallization make it possible to calculate the evolution of the degree of crystallinity at any moment in a point of a given medium, knowing some of its intrinsic properties (germination, growth) and the thermodynamic conditions (thermal, mechanical) which reign there.