Special Issue "Crystal Structure Analysis of Supramolecular and Porous Solids"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017
Supramolecular chemistry emerged as a powerful tool for chemists to create new materials from already known molecules. In a supramolecular solid, dissimilar molecules complement each other to build a new, highly organized structure, as seen in host–guest complexes, inclusion compounds, pharmaceutical co-crystals, supramolecular polymers, biomimetic materials, or mechanically interlocked molecular assemblies.
Supramolecular solids are a new target in materials science, where desired properties in a material can be predicted and generated through a specific arrangement of the molecules in the 3D structure. A range of physical (e.g., optical, electrical, magnetic), chemical (thermal stability, reactivity, catalysis) and biomedical (toxicity, bioavailability) properties have been created or tuned in various solids using this approach known as crystal engineering.
Porous solids, with uniform pores on molecular or nano scale, are produced from supramolecular solids. In the first step of this production, a guest template is used to shape a desired topology of pores with specific sorption, catalytic or ion-exchange capabilities. At a later stage, the guest template is removed to yield a zeolite, mesoporous silica, porous metal organic framework material, or porous material based on weaker interactions.
Crystal structure analysis is a primary characterization method in the design and study of supramolecular and porous solids. It provides the most critical information about the spatial arrangement of molecules in the crystal, topology and geometry of the cavity space, intermolecular interactions, as well as any changes in the structure induced by temperature, pressure or guest inclusion/removal. This Special Issue deals with all aspects of such research. The topics include, but are not limited to:
- Design of new host molecules and host materials
- Preparation and characterization of inclusion compounds
- Design and characterization of co-crystals
- Design of porous frameworks
- Studies on weak intermolecular interactions in supramolecular solids
- Studies on molecular disorder and dynamics in molecular crystals
- Structural studies of phase transitions in supramolecular and porous solids
- Database studies on supramolecular and porous solids
Prof. Dr. Dmitriy V Soldatov
Manuscript Submission Information
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- supramolecular chemistry
- crystal engineering
- inclusion compounds
- metal organic frameworks
- covalent organic frameworks
- hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks
- nanoporous materials
- organic zeolites
- phase transitions in crystals