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Title: Method for harvesting single crystals from a peritectic melt

A method of preparing single crystals. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals unmelted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid.
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Lemont, IL)
  2. (Columbus, OH)
  3. (Cincinnati, OH)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) ANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5549748
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
Country of Publication:
United States
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