Nonphotochemical, laser-induced nucleation of supersaturated aqueous glycine produces unexpected γ-polymorph

Julien Zaccaro, Jelena Matic, Allan S. Myerson, Bruce A. Garetz

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Supersaturated aqueous solutions of glycine exposed to intense pulses of plane-polarized laser light at 1.06 μm unexpectedly crystallized into the polar γ-polymorph of glycine. Control solutions not exposed to the laser always produced crystals of α-glycine, the expected and most stable form. This result suggests a new approach to polymorph control and possibly a means to produce new polymorphs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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