(70g) Size and Habit Evolution of Petn Crystals - a Lattice Monte Carlo Study
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 13, 2006 - 2:36pm to 2:57pm
Starting from an accurate inter-atomic potential we develop a simple scheme of generating an on-lattice molecular potential of short range, which is then incorporated into a lattice Monte Carlo code for simulating size and shape evolution of nanocrystallites. As a specific example, we test such a procedure on the morphological evolution of a molecular crystal of interest to us, e.g., Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate, or PETN, and obtain realistic facetted structures in excellent agreement with experimental morphologies. We investigate several interesting effects including, the evolution of the initial shape of a seed to an equilibrium configuration, and the variation of growth morphology as a function of the rate of particle addition relative to diffusion.
This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract of No.W-7405-Eng-48.