Special Issue "Structure and Reactivity of Reaction Intermediates"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hrvoj Vančík Website E-Mail
Sveuciliste U Zagrebu, Prirodoslovno Matematicki Fakultet, Department of Chemistry, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: solid-state reactions; reactive intermediates; topochemistry; mechanochemistry; solid-state kinetics; matastable phases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The central question from which the theory of chemical reactivity has been developed since the first half of 20th century was focused on the structure and properties of reaction intermediates.

Revolutionary progress was made when the first reactive intermediates (mostly carbocations) were isolated and observed experimentally either by spectroscopy or by X-ray diffraction methods. Photochemical reactions occurring in crystalline solids provided new light to this research by introducing the new concept of topochemistry. The topochemical principle, according to which the molecules that have a proper position in a crystal arrangement are convenient reactants, extends the concept of reaction intermediates from a single molecular particle to a complex of reactive molecular pairs.

In the last decade, reactions in crystalline solids as well as reactions in other condensed media became the subject of wide interest. New research appeared in the field of thermally-induced solid state reactions, and especially in the development of mechanochemical methods. Since thermal and mechanochemical reactions have complex mechanisms, because the chemical reactions are coupled with phase transformations, the concept of reactive intermediates could be further extended to the new concept of “intermediate states”.

This Special Issue of Crystals is designed as a collection of papers covering the broad field of investigation of the structure and properties of the reactive molecules that appear as intermediates in all types of solid state reactions. Research focused on the metastable intermediate phases or intermediates that could appear in electronically excited states as well as work on kinetics and the thermodynamics of solid state processes is especially invited.

Prof. Dr. Hrvoj Vančík
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • solid state reactions
  • reactive intermediates
  • topochemistry
  • mechanochemistry
  • solid state kinetics
  • metastable phases

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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