Crystal Design for Aromatic Recognition

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 104

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Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 307 Fukasaku, Minuma-ku, Saitama 337-8570, Japan
Interests: coordination chemistry; crystal engineering; electrostatic interaction; fluorine; gas/vapor adsorption; metal···π; π-hole···π; molecular recognition
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Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, 1-1 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan
Interests: porphyrinoid; (anti)aromaticity; redox chemistry; noncovalent interaction

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Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; coordination chemistry; macrocyclic compounds; molecular recognition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular recognition and separation techniques for aromatic compounds hold significant economic value as they contribute to reducing energy expenditures in the raw material refining process, thereby minimizing by-product generation. This area also captivates scientists as a strategy for addressing soil contamination and broader environmental challenges. While common methods such as distillation and column chromatography can help separate compounds with different boiling points and polarities, molecular recognition and adsorption based on host–guest chemistry is also highly effective for compounds with even more similar physical properties.

Thus, this Special Issue is dedicated to exploring crystals with the capability for molecular recognition of aromatic compounds and extensively gathers in-depth studies on the intermolecular interactions of aromatic molecules embedded within crystals. By examining the crystal structure and intermolecular interactions from a comprehensive perspective and focusing on artificially synthesized molecular crystals and high-ordered crystalline polymers that incorporate benzene derivatives, we aim to develop rational co-crystal designs. For this Special Issue on crystallography, we encourage the submission of accurate, detailed single-crystal X-ray structural analyses and objective investigations of intermolecular interactions using methods such as Mercury, Platon, or Hirshfeld surface analysis. Contributions on solution chemistry and industrial applications are also welcome.

Dr. Akiko Hori
Dr. Ken-ichi Yamashita
Dr. Shohei Tashiro
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  • aromatic compounds
  • co-crystal
  • crystal structure
  • electrostatic interactions
  • π-electron
  • solvated crystal

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