From Online Dictionary of Crystallography

Mésocristal (Fr). Mesocristallo (It). メソ結晶 (Ja).

Mesocrystals are superstructures of well-aligned nanoparticles, which exhibit common outer faces on the mm or μm scale. It is a form of oriented aggregation, where the small crystals have parallel crystallographic alignment but are spatially separated.


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