Monday, September 11, 2023

Growing Crystals

Crystallization is when solids form from a liquid by organizing molecules into a predetermined structure. That by itself is mind-blowing, but when you use certain chemicals to start with, the colors and motion can be stunningly beautiful. German photographer Jens Heidler  brings us a time-lapse video of the crystallization process of a mixture of vitamin C and the amino acid beta analin, along with water and alcohol. He varied the proportions of the ingredients and the temperature to get different sequences. I would never pretend to understand the chemistry of it all, but it sure it pretty! (via Laughing Squid

1 comment:

Andy Robertson said...

If you're interested, I made a video about the chemistry of crystals. I don't think it's too hard. You can check it out here if you like: