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Getting better xtals

Puius puius
Fri Jul 28 12:13:25 EST 1995

Dear xtal-netters,

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how to solve this crystallization problem:

I'm getting "stellate" bunches of crystals, i.e. a bunch of very thin needles
coming off of a central point.  It seems to prefer pH~5.6 and molar(NH4)2SO4.

As I up the pH and decrease [salt] I get fewer and bigger stars, but no discrete
xtals.  Is this a nucleation problem, i.e. should I use compressed air to blow
off dust?  Any other ideas?

Many thanks,

Yoram A. Puius                            Albert Einstein College of Medicine
puius at telico.bioc.aecom.yu.edu            Department of Biochemistry
M.D.-Ph.D.    Class of 1999 [?]           Bronx, NY  10461

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