How Ice Grows Carolyn Koh, Amadeu Sum, Dendy Sloan - Renewable Energy MRSEC, NSF DMR-0820518.
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Scientists at the Renewable Energy MRSEC at the Colorado School of Mines have for the first time modeled the formation (nucleation) and growth of a special form of ice that is very effective in storing hydrogen as a fuel. In the pictures above, growth begins in the upper left hand corner. This model simulates how the water molecules come together to form the structure. Understanding the mechanism for this nucleation is critical to controlling the formation of this form of ice to be used in many energy applications, especially storage.