What is the process by which atoms are arranged to form a material with a crystal shape called?

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Aug 31, 2016



#"Crystallization"# remains the premier means to purify an inorganic or organic material. You get crystals out and you know your stuff is pure (of course, your material may crystallize out as a solvate, i.e. the crystals occlude several solvent molecules).

Good quality crystals allow an #"X-ray crystallography experiment"# to be performed, which is a very non-sporting method of analysis.