Inorganic and protein crystal growth - similarities and differences
Abstract Transport and interface kinetics concepts that have proven successful in the design and control of inorganic crystal growth experiments are outlined. Their potential usefulness and limitations in protein crystal growth are discussed. The presentation follows a selection of observations and statements that are often made by workers in the protein crystal growth field. The paper is meant to be tutorial in nature. Emphasis is placed on concepts which bear practical significance. Though the discussion is on an introductory level, additional references are given to facilitate deeper penetration of the various topics. Suggestions for the possible improvement of current protein crystal growth techniques are made.