Special Issue "Crystal Structures of Amino Acids and Peptides"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carl Henrik Gørbitz

Universitetet i Oslo, Department of Chemistry, Oslo, Norway
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Interests: amino acids; crystal engineering; hydrogen bonding; peptides; phase transitions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Amino acids have a central role in biology as the monomers of a diverse array of proteins vital to life, but also have import functions as isolated molecules or as parts of shorter peptides. Indeed, small peptides find roles ranging from biological signalling molecules and growth factors to construction of porous materials and sensors. The ubiquitous presence and widespread use of amino acids and peptides in nature and in the laboratory hinges on their structures; an understanding of which requires fundamental knowledge of forces and mechanisms governing super-molecular assembly in the solid state and the often minute changes required to push the crystallization outcome in an entirely different direction.

The Special Issue on “Crystal Structures of Various Amino Acids and Peptides” is intended to collect contributions from scientist working with a broad spectrum of crystal properties as well as on crystal growth, manifesting the impact of these small, yet incredibly important molecules. I hope we can inspire each other and open avenues to future research projects into the unknown.

The topics summarized under the keywords cover broadly examples of the greater number of sub-topics in mind and should be seen as examples rather than limitations. Innovative research within chemistry, physics or pharmacy is particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Carl Henrik Gørbitz
Guest Editor

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  • Crystal packing at ambient and non-ambient conditions
  • Intermolecular interactions, including hydrogen bonding
  • Energetics and structure prediction
  • Polymorphism and phase transitions
  • Amino acid and peptide co-crystals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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