Special Issue "Molecular Structure Determination for Crystalline Solid-State Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. David Cordes
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University of St Andrews, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Interests: chemical crystallography; service crystallography; single crystal-X-ray diffraction; structural metallosupramolecular chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The technique of molecular structure determination by single-crystal X-ray diffraction has now been known for over a century. The unambiguous nature of the resulting structure, and the precise determination of interatomic distances and angles that it allows has led to its being a key component of research in a wide range of scientific disciplines. The laboratory diffractometer has continued to be developed; recent improvements having been seen in both the X-ray source and detector. Modern high-flux X-ray sources provide more intense X-rays, whatever the source type, whether a microfocus sealed-tube, liquid metal-jet or rotating anode. Detector technology has both increased in sensitivity and dynamic range, and decreased in background noise through the use of single-pixel-counting detector technologies.

These technological advances, combined with the now widespread availability of single-crystal diffractometers, has led to structure determination becoming, in many cases, a routine part of characterising a compound. However, it has also enabled the determination of structures that would not have been possible previously using laboratory systems, with structures possible from both tiny and poorly diffracting crystals.

With the addition of variable-temperature and high-pressure methods enabling the structure-determination of a broader range of phases, and with techniques such as the crystalline-sponge method, for the structure determination of compounds within the pores of a porous material, the range of solid state materials for which the structure can be determined continues to grow. This Special Issue provides a forum to report on both research in solid-state structural chemistry, as well as developments in techniques and instrumentation.

Dr. David Cordes
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Small-molecule X-ray structure determination
  • Technical developments in X-ray crystallography
  • Non-routine structures
  • Non-ambient crystallography

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Morpholino-Substituted BODIPY Species: Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemical Studies
Crystals 2020, 10(1), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10010036 - 14 Jan 2020
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Functionalization of 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) chromophores at the 2,6-positions with iodo substituents and morpholino-substituted α-methyl groups affords molecules with strong absorbance in the visible spectrum. The effect of such substitution on the solid-state arrangements, absorption, fluorescence and electronic properties of these dye molecules is [...] Read more.
Functionalization of 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) chromophores at the 2,6-positions with iodo substituents and morpholino-substituted α-methyl groups affords molecules with strong absorbance in the visible spectrum. The effect of such substitution on the solid-state arrangements, absorption, fluorescence and electronic properties of these dye molecules is reported. The spectroscopic and spectroelectrochemical measurements display intense absorptions in the UV-visible spectrum with bathochromic shifts, in comparison to unfunctionalized BODIPY, and a positive shift in redox potentials due to functionalisation of the BODIPY core. Halogen bonds are observed in the solid-state structures of both halogenated BODIPY species, which in one case leads to the formation of an unusual halogen bonded framework. Full article
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Three New Lead Iodide Chain Compounds, APbI3, Templated by Molecular Cations
Crystals 2019, 9(12), 616; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9120616 - 24 Nov 2019
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The crystal structures of three new hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide compounds [IqH]PbI3, [4MiH]PbI3, and [BzH]PbI3 ([IqH+] = isoquinolinium, [4MiH+] = 4-methylimidazolium, [BzH+] = benzotriazolium) have been determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction. [...] Read more.
The crystal structures of three new hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide compounds [IqH]PbI3, [4MiH]PbI3, and [BzH]PbI3 ([IqH+] = isoquinolinium, [4MiH+] = 4-methylimidazolium, [BzH+] = benzotriazolium) have been determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction. All three compounds have the same generic formula as perovskite, ABX3, but adopt a rare non-perovskite structure built from one dimensional (1D) edge-sharing octahedral chains. The bandgap of each compound was investigated by solid UV-Vis spectra. In comparison with previously reported hybrid compounds containing the same type of octahedral chains, [C10H7CH2NH3]Pbl3 and (C7H7N2)PbI3, all three new compounds have lower bandgaps (<2.4 ev), indicating that they may be promising for photovoltaic application. Full article
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