Special Issue "Photocrystallography and Solid-State Structural Dynamics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Katarzyna N. Jarzembska

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Żwirki i Wigury 101, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland
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Interests: photocrystallography; time-resolved X-ray diffraction; luminescent materials; computational modelling
Guest Editor
Dr. Radosław Kamiński

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Żwirki i Wigury 101, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland
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Interests: photocrystallography; time-resolved X-ray diffraction; synchrotron radiation; (photo)crystallographic instrumentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Studies of dynamic processes occurring in the solid state, in particular in crystals, upon external stimuli, such as light and electric field, constitute nowadays a broad field of research. It is not surprising, as comprehensive design is imperative, when we think of controllable materials which have numerous real-life applications, including novel light-emitting devices, optical storage technologies, or energy conversion. Therefore, deep and thorough understanding of material’s response to light or electric field perturbation is essential.

Photocrystallography, a term coined by Philip Coppens in 2003 (Chem. Commun. 2003, 12, 1317), combines crystallographic and spectroscopic techniques aimed at investigations of structural changes induced in crystals by light. Since the birth of photocrystallography in 1950s, when sun-light-induced chemical transformations were investigated by Gerhard M. J. Schmidt and co-workers, dramatic development of X-ray (both in-house and synchrotron) and laser (powerful light beam of a well-defined wavelength) techniques allowed for tracing of light- or electric-field-induced molecular changes with atomic resolution and unprecedented accuracy and precision. Furthermore, an increase of experimental capabilities enabled considerable shortening of the studied processes time-scales down to mili-, micro-, or even femtoseconds (at XFEL sources or through electron diffraction).

Hence, this Special Issue will be dedicated to all aspects of modern photocrystallography and structural dynamics in the solid state. We believe it will show the spectrum of current experimental and theoretical possibilities and developments, as well as indicate future perspectives and challenges.

Therefore, you are most welcome to contribute a research article to this Special Issue, presenting your particular scientific problems, related to structural changes induced by light or electric field, such as studies of solid-state reactions, excited state species, spin crossover processes, electron density polarisation, and so forth.

Dr. Katarzyna N. Jarzembska
Dr. Radosław Kamiński
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • photocrystallography
  • solid-state chemical reactions
  • time-resolved X-ray diffraction
  • metastable states
  • in situ electric field

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Photocrystallographic Studies of a Series of Nickel(II) Nitro Complexes Supported by Triamine Ligands showing the  trends in the Photoactivated Nitro-Nitrito Interconversions
Authors: Paul Raithby and Lauren E Hatcher
Affiliation: University of Bath

Title: Aromatic C-Nitroso Compounds and their Dimers: A Model for Probing the Reaction Mechanisms in Crystalline Molecular Solids
Authors: I. Biljan and H. Vančik
Affiliation: University of Zagreb



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