Generic Monte Carlo crystal-growth software for simulation of crystal habit and nanoscale surface topography
CrystalGrower is a tool to develop a greater understanding of how crystals grow at the nanoscale through simulation of crystal habit and surface topography that, in turn, helps predict and control functionality.
Crystals are used in almost every technology that relies on a solid to provide functionality. For example, crystals are used in the electronic components in a computer or a laser, all pharmaceutical medicines in solid form, catalysts used in the chemicals industry for almost every chemical transformation, materials used for drug delivery, gas storage, wastewater clean-up and much more.
Most of these crystals are produced synthetically, grown in the laboratory to high degree of purity and perfection. Consequently, understanding and controlling how the crystals grow is of utmost importance.
CrystalGrower, developed at The University of Manchester, is the first software available capable of simulating how ANY crystal grows at the molecular level. This gives unprecedented insight into the fine details of the growth mechanism and has the potential to help industry and academia better understand and control their crystal growth protocols.
The CrystalGrower team has constructed a website containing manual pages, links to video tutorials and contact information for any users who have questions about using CrystalGrower.