Special Issue "Halogen Bond: Application and Prospect"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mate Erdelyi

Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, Kemigarden 4, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
Website: http://halogenbond.weebly.com/index.html
Phone: 0046317869033
Interests: understanding halogen bonding in solution; exploration of bioactive natural products from East African plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Weak chemical interactions are of essential importance for life as their cooperative interplay governs the formation of all types of supramolecular organization. They drive self-assembly processes, are responsible for molecular recognition phenomena, and determine the structure of biopolymers and thereby possess a tremendous impact in chemistry and biology. In addition to the four traditionally recognized fundamental secondary interactions, i.e., hydrogen bonding, ionic bonds, hydrophobic interactions and van der Waals forces, halogen bonding is emerging as an additional type of noncovalent bond. The interaction of electropositive halogens with electron donor functionalities is strong, specific and directional. It shows evident similarities to hydrogen bonding, but also distinct differences and is capable of efficiently competing with it. The fact that halogens may form different types of secondary interactions, for example orthogonal halogen and hydrogen bonds, makes them to multifaceted molecular tools. Following its initial studies, the potential of halogen bonding for applicability in a wide variety of scientific fields such as organic, inorganic, physical, biophysical, medicinal and analytical chemistry was demonstrated. The expected future impact of halogen bonding demands a meticulous exploration of its scope and limitations from the experimental and theoretical view points. The objective of this special issue of Molecules is to highlight the last breakthroughs in the exploration and in the applications of halogen bonding, covering all aspects.

Dr. Mate Erdelyi
Guest Editor


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  • halogen bond
  • noncovalent interactions
  • drug design
  • organic chemistry
  • physical organic chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • medicinal chemistry
  • biophysical chemistry
  • analytical chemistry

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p. 8712-8724
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Molecules 2013, 18(8), 8712-8724; doi:10.3390/molecules18088712
Received: 24 May 2013 / Revised: 11 July 2013 / Accepted: 18 July 2013 / Published: 24 July 2013
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p. 6829-6851
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Molecules 2013, 18(6), 6829-6851; doi:10.3390/molecules18066829
Received: 23 April 2013 / Revised: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 31 May 2013 / Published: 10 June 2013
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