Morphological diversity in crystal growth of L-ascorbic acid dissolved in methanol

Miho Ito*, Machiko Izui, Yoshihiro Yamazaki, Mitsugu Matsushita

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Morphological diagram with respect to crystal growth of L-ascorbic acid (C6H8O6; so-called vitamin C) from methanol solution on a flat glass dish is presented. Varying humidity and initial concentration of L-ascorbic acid in methanol solution, the following three distinct kinds of growing patterns have been observed: homogeneous disk, concentric ring and dendrite. In addition, in higher concentration clearly faceted small single crystals grow in any humidity less than 90%. Crossovers from one pattern to another were observed, too.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1389
Number of pages6
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Concentric ring
  • Crystal growth
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Morphological diagram
  • Pattern formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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