Crystal Growth and Dissolution Dynamics of L-Phenylalanine Controlled by Solution Surface Laser Trapping

Ken Ichi Yuyama, Ding Shiang Chiu, Yen En Liu, Sugiyama Teruki*, Hiroshi Masuhara

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Abstract

We present sequential behavior of nucleation, growth, and dissolution of an l-phenylalanine plate-like crystal which is induced by a focused continuous-wave near-infrared laser beam in unsaturated solution. Upon the laser irradiation into the air/solution interface, the single crystal is generated from the focus and continuously grows two-dimensionally while being trapped by the laser. The crystal growth is stopped when the laser power is decreased. The crystal size is kept constant for a certain time period, and then the crystal starts dissolution. The dissolution is also induced by moving the crystal from the focus at the air/solution interface. When the crystal is shifted far from the original position where the crystallization is induced, the crystal starts dissolution at a certain distant position. Based on the demonstrations of the crystal size change during the laser manipulation, we conclude that the l-phenylalanine crystal is surrounded by a highly concentrated domain of a few hundreds of micrometers consisting of l-phenylalanine liquid-like clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7079-7087
Number of pages9
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Volume18
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Nov 2018

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