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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 137-142

Determination of Metastable Zone Width, Induction Period and Interfacial Energy of a Ferroelectric Crystal - Potassium Ferrocyanide Trihydrate (KFCT)

R. Kanagadurai,1 R. Durairajan,2 R. Sankar,3 G. Sivanesan,4 S. P. Elangovan,2 and r. jayavel3

1Department of Physics, R.S. Govt. College, Thanjavur-613 005, India
2Department of Chemistry, R.S.Govt. College, Thanjavur-613 005, India
3Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai-600 025, India
4J.J.College of Arts and Science, Pudukkottai-622 404, Tamil Nadu, India

Received 7 July 2009; Accepted 27 August 2009

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An order-disorder type potassium ferrocyanide trihydrate (KFCT) is a coordination compound forming lemon- yellow monoclinic ferroelectric crystals with curie temperature 251 K. KFCT crystals have been grown by temperature lowering solution growth technique. Solubility of KFCT has been determined for various temperatures. Metastable zone width, induction period and interfacial energy were determined for the aqueous solution of KFCT. Bulk crystal of potassium ferrocyanide trihydrate was grown with the optimized growth parameters. The grown crystal possesses good optical transmission in the entire UV-Visible region