Special Issue "Thermosensitive Functional Organic Crystals"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hirohiko Houjou

Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
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Interests: crystal design; phase transition; polymorphism; solid-state prototropy; microscopic spectroscopy; phase-change materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, quite a few organic crystals are reported to show a rich library of polymorphs and desmotropes. There are many fascinating phenomena related to the solid-to-solid thermal phase transition. Some crystals may exhibit reversible changes in properties such as absorption, fluorescence, birefringence, optical anisotropy, and optical activity, depending on the mode of molecular packing. Some crystals show salient effects, like jumping or bending, during heating. A process including overcooling and subsequent cold-crystallization is attractive in terms of thermal storage. Single-crystal-to-single-crystal phase transition is still a rare case, where we can gain insight into the molecular dynamics in a solid state. Crystals that exhibit these phenomena will provide us with a great deal of information for the active design of thermosensitive functional crystalline materials.

The Special Issue on “Thermosensitive Functional Organic Crystals” is intended to collect a variety of topics on the phenomena described above, and also broader examples for related subjects.

Prof. Dr. Hirohiko Houjou
Guest Editor

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  • polymorphism
  • desmotropy
  • thermochromism
  • salient effect
  • cold-crystallization
  • single-crystal-to-single-crystal phase transition

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