Symposium PM01-Crystal Clear—Recent Advances in Biogenic and Synthetic, Organic and Inorganic Crystallization

This symposium focuses on the latest advances in crystallization and biocrystallization. The symposium will explore recent discoveries on the fundamentals of crystal nucleation, growth and assembly, from biologically-controlled to bio-inspired systems. Crystallization is a vital process in biological and materials science with countless applications, from classic cements and seashell/bone formation to perovskite solar cells and advanced electronics. Despite its long history, classical theories of crystallization are now being challenged, and the subject continues to evolve at the forefront of emerging fields in materials chemistry. Truly understanding crystallization mechanisms and how to manipulate them is a grand challenge in materials chemistry with significant potential for future developments.

The symposium is structured into four sections, with the first covering our current understanding of crystal nucleation, growth, and assembly. We will address ongoing debates in the field, such as the role of prenucleation clusters in the crystal formation and the multiple pathways involved in crystal growth or assembly. The second section will focus on biogenic crystallization and bio-inspired crystallization, discussing the use of biological strategies to control crystal morphology, orientation, and size, to produce materials with unique and desirable structures and properties. This session highlights recent exciting discoveries in biogenic organic crystallization which unlock the potential to create materials with emergent properties that have not been thought about previously. We are excited to discuss the unifying concepts underpinning biological crystallization in this section. The third section will feature interfaces for crystallization, and the last section will focus on recent advances in characterization techniques to investigate crystal formation. The state-of-the-art characterization tools have advanced the field of crystal nucleation and growth and opened up new areas of research. This section also discusses topics such as new synchrotron applications, microfluidics, and continuous and high throughput crystallization systems. We will also highlight the significant development in electron tomography and in-situ analysis.We are confident that this symposium will provide delegates with the latest insights on crystallization relevant to their research.

Topics will include:

  • Particle-mediated crystallization
  • Biocrystallization: unifying inorganic and organic crystallization
  • Imaging: electron crystallography and tomography
  • Microfluidics, High-throughput screening and continuous crystallisation
  • Cryo and liquid-phase electron microscopy characterization


  • state-of-the-art characterizations for crystallization


  • Interfacial and templated crystallization and thin film formation


  • Organic-inorganic hybrid materials/composites


  • Emerging properties from biogenic and bio-inspired materials


  • Liquid-like materials and amorphous materials


  • Classical vs. non-classical nucleation: experiments and modelling


Invited Speakers:

  • Andrew Alexander (The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Henrik Birkedal (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • James De Yoreo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Lara Estroff (Cornell University, USA)
  • Kathryn Grendfield (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Dvir Gur (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • Derk Joester (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Dongsheng Li (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Marianne Liebi (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Nadine Nassif (Sorbonne Université, France)
  • Willeim Noorduin (AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • Pablo Piaggi (Princeton University, USA)
  • Boaz Pokroy (Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Yael Politi (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • Jeffery Rimer (University of Houston, USA)
  • Matteo Salvalaglio (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Netta Vidavsky (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Avital Wagner (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Jessica Walker (Diamond Light Source, United Kingdom)
  • Stephan Wolf (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Yi-Yeoun Kim
University of Leeds
School of Chemistry
United Kingdom
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Ling Li
Virginia Tech
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(540) 231-9594, [email protected]

Fabio Nudelman
The University of Edinburgh
School of Chemistry
United Kingdom
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Benjamin Palmer
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Department of Chemistry
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