About Crystals


Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352) is an open access journal that covers all aspects of crystalline material research in different sections: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/crystals/sections. Crystals provides a forum for the advancement of our understanding of the nucleation, growth, processing, and characterization of crystalline and liquid crystalline materials. Their mechanical, chemical, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties, and their diverse applications, are all considered to be of importance. Additionally, we encourage contributors to send articles focused on crystals research (of small and high molecular weight). Their characterization by using modern techniques for crystal growth and high resolution characterization such as synchrotron radiation and modern methods for the growth of crystals for X-ray free electron lasers (XFELS) would also be welcome.

Crystals can be used as a reference and publication source for the crystalline research community. Crystals publishes reviews, regular research articles, short communications and perspectives et al. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental, theoretical and computational results in as much detail as possible so that results can be reproduced. Therefore, there is no restriction on article length.

Subject Areas

All classes of crystalline materials, either in bulk or as thin films, such as:

  • semiconductors
  • magnetic systems
  • superconductors
  • graphene
  • photonic crystals
  • piezoelectric crystals
  • ferroelectric crystals
  • optical crystals, including nonlinear and laser crystals
  • scintillating crystals
  • periodic metamaterials
  • minerals and biominerals
  • metals
  • salts
  • liquid crystals
  • biomolecules
  • small organic molecules, including drugs
  • cocrystals
  • mesocrystals

Crystal growth techniques include, but are not limited to:

  • conventional crystal growth, including Bridgman, Czochralski, top seeding, solid state conversion, high temperature flux methods
  • molecular beam, chemical beam, and vapor phase epitaxy
  • design and processing of photonic crystals and metamaterials
  • non-classical growth by particle attachment and fusion

Characterization techniques, such as:

  • X-ray diffraction
  • photoluminescence
  • electron microscopy and diffraction
  • neutron diffraction
  • free electron lasers
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • carrier transport
  • magnetic property measurements
  • Rutherford backscattering
  • ellipsometry
  • Property characterizations, including but not limited to optical, magnetic, electronic, etc.
  • thermoanalytical techniques, including but not limited to DSC, TGA, DVS, TRPXRD

Fundamental research into:

  • solid-state physics and chemistry
  • crystalline surfaces
  • crystalline structure
  • crystalline interface
  • crystallization mechanisms, including liquid and amorphous precursor phases as well as clusters
  • crystalline structure of biological macromolecules (including the crystallization part)

Additional, more detailed, information of topics and subject areas is given in journal sections (see Journal Menu). Contributions, which solely report a synthesis and crystal structure without characterization of the properties or applications of the crystal are not in the scope of the journal.

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Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

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Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Crystals will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2024 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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