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Special Issue "Molecular Structure Determination for Crystalline Solid-State Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.
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
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Small-molecule X-ray structure determination
- Technical developments in X-ray crystallography
- Non-routine structures
- Non-ambient crystallography