Physicists Turn LIQUID Into SOLID Using An Electric Field

Electrocrystallization. Shape transitions and predicted electrocrystallization of a 10 nanometer formamide nano-droplet, obtained through molecular dynamics simulations. The vertical axis shows the aspect ratio between the long and short axes of the droplet.

Physicists turn liquid into solid using an electric field (PhysOrg, Oct. 11, 2011):

Physicists have predicted that under the influence of sufficiently high electric fields, liquid droplets of certain materials will undergo solidification, forming crystallites at temperature and pressure conditions that correspond to liquid droplets at field-free conditions. This electric-field-induced phase transformation is termed electrocrystallization.

The study, performed by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, appears online and is scheduled as a feature and cover article in the 42nd issue of Volume 115 of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

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