Special Issue "Molecular Dynamics and Phase Transition"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2020.
Interests: liquid crystals; molecular dynamics and structural phase transition; calorimetry and thermal analysis; crystallography
Interests: molecular dynamics; porous materials; metal-organic frameworks; adsorption; nano-confined systems; phase transition; Solid-state NMR
Molecules (and atoms) are in perpetual motion even in crystals. In addition, the established understanding of crystallization implies that such dynamics inherently contributes to the phenomenon. On the other hand, it is often the case in the science of solids that crystals are assumed to be a static and concrete stage where something interesting happens. Filling this gap is expected to largely contribute to not only establishing a better understanding of the crystalline state but also advancing materials science for functionality and self-assembly. To this end, molecular crystals undergoing relevant phase transition(s) should serve as the best targets of detailed study by virtue of their energy scale, cleanness, and ease in experiments/analyses.
We invite researchers to submit papers that focus on molecular dynamics, phase transitions, their mutual relation, and possible effects on other material properties. In this Special Issue, the concept of crystals is interpreted in the widest sense to cover any molecular systems having substantial internal structures, such as disordered crystals, liquid crystals, quasicrystals or surfactant membranes. Papers mainly dealing with liquids are also considered if the relation to crystalline states is well discussed. Not only experimental works but also computational (simulation) and/or theoretical works are within the scope. Although the journal is mainly devoted to crystallography, any experimental techniques (such as structural, spectroscopic, and/or thermodynamic ones) are welcome.
The list of subjects to be covered in this Special Issue thus includes (but is not limited to) (averaged) crystal structure, structural disorder, molecular dynamics (including correlation), phase transition (of order-disorder and/or displacive type), mesophases, glass transition, enthalpy and entropy of transition, ferroelectricity, crystal statistics, molecular simulation, etc.
This special issue shall hopefully contribute to gathering researchers interested in this field and promote their scientific exchange.
Prof. Kazuya Saito
Prof. Takahiro Ueda
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Molecular crystal
- Molecular dynamics
- Phase transition
- Spectroscopy and diffraction
- Thermal analysis