Special Issue "Crystal Structures of Compounds Containing Ions Selenite"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Claudia Graiff

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Università di Parma, 43124 Parma, Italy
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Interests: X ray diffraction; coordination complexes; nanostructured functional materials; crystalline nanocellulose

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The chemistry of materials containing chalcogen elements, and in particular Se oxyanions in the +4 oxidation state, is of increasing interest to the research community for several reasons: First, it is known that the incorporation of selenite anions can lead to non-centrosymmetric structures and, consequently, to materials displaying remarkable non-linear optical properties, ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity. Moreover, the lone pair on the chalcogen atom could behave as structure-directing agent towards the formation of materials characterized by the presence of hollows or channels in their intimate structures. Moreover, some selenites show highly robust three-dimensional open framework structures, which are retained on the removal of guests or coordinated little molecules. In fact, porous structures, due to the presence of the lone pair on the chalcogen atom, open the utilization of selenite derivatives in the synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) or Porous Coordination Polymers (PCPs). In addition, when selenite anions act as bridging ligands towards metal atoms, they can hold (keep) close the cationic centers, allowing magnetic exchange between paramagnetic metals. Finally, the weakly coordinative capability of the Se(IV) electron lone pairs could give rise to supramolecular interactions.

For all these reasons a high potential interest on materials containing ion selenites is expected, even though relatively few studies on such compounds have been reported until now. The most important feature is that the full comprehension of the properties of this type of materials cannot be exhaustively understood unless the complete solid state crystal structure is available. In this Special Issue, of which the theme is “Crystal Structures of Compounds Containing Ions Selenite”, we aim to collect a series of examples showing the fundamental role of detailed structural analysis in understanding the interactions in the solid state responsible for the peculiar chemical physical properties of such materials.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Graiff
Guest Editor

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  • Molecular and crystal structure of materials incorporating selenite anions
  • MOF derived from selenite containing compounds
  • NLO properties of selenite holding materials
  • Supramolecular interactions derived from selenite containing structures
  • Full characterization of new selenite compounds

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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