About The Author

Jim De Yoreo is the Chief Scientist and Sector Lead for Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mesocrystal Formation Of Calcite Crystals In Solution

Crystals ─ which are a ubiquitous form of matter in the environment, within living organisms, and throughout technology ─ are created along many pathways. Some crystals grow from a solution by a so-called “classical” mechanism in which individual atoms, ions or molecules (the crystals’ building blocks) are added to the crystal surface one at a