Special Issue "Spectroscopic Insights into Molecular Crystals"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adam Szukalski
Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: nonlinear optics; laser spectroscopy; light amplification studies; materials engineering; 3D printing for photonics; organic laser dyes; photochromic polymers; liquid crystals
Dr. Karolina A. Haupa

Guest Editor
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: Experimental and theoretical vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, photochemistry, astrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, spectroscopy of unstable species, structural and spectroscopic properties of the molecules, weak interactions and environmental effects, nonlinear optics
Dr. Filippo Fabbri
Guest Editor
NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze – CNR, Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza San Silvestro 12, 56127 Pisa, Italy
Interests: Raman spectroscopy, 2D materials, Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Photoluminescence, Cathodoluminescence, Inorganic Nanoparticles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular crystals (MCs) have constituted a well-known field of studies in recent decades, although the interest paid to them, and their significance and huge contribution to the field of material engineering is still invaluable. Their versatility of application, almost unlimited design capabilities, and possible individual approach make molecular crystals desired advanced materials. Molecular crystals have broad utilization in various fields: biology and medicine, and in technical sciences, electronics and spectroscopy, as well as many commercial applications, where they play the main role. Organic fluorescent dyes and inorganic low-molecular structures embedded in various nanomaterials can serve in imaging and sensing applications. Then, well-established, but also disordered, crystals can form various useful structures and, in such a case, can be used in photonics and opto-electronic devices’ construction. The output signal, i.e., in the form of light emission obtained through different mechanisms, might be generated, modulated and controlled easily, thanks to different stimuli, like external electric field, mechanical forces or optical pumping. Slight structural modifications can enhance various spectroscopic (but not only) properties, which straightforwardly influence their final utilization, making MC materials exceptionally flexible and valuable. Thanks to the commonly used, as well as advanced, computational studies, it is possible to not only design new and useful MCs, but also predict their future properties (which is undoubtedly critical in the very first steps of the materials’ engineering strategy). Finally, laser and Raman spectroscopic insights can help to investigate and control the final shape of various molecular crystals according to the desired target.

We invite researches from various field of study to participate in the special issue of Crystals journal, entitled "Spectroscopic Insights into Molecular Crystals" and contribute their achievements, which are included in the topics listed below (but not limited to): - Design and synthesis of new molecular organic/inorganic crystals;

- Theoretical approach to the molecular crystals’ structures and features;
- Materials and laser and Raman spectroscopic studies connecting molecular crystals’ structure and optical features;
- Molecular crystals’ characterization using advanced spectroscopic, materials, microscopic and other advanced techniques;
- Exploration of the new pathways for the molecular crystals’ applications, offering perspectives and approaches.

Dr. Adam Szukalski
Dr. Karolina A. Haupa
Dr. Filippo Fabbri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • molecular crystals
  • Disordered photonics;
  • Materials engineering;
  • Synthesis strategies;
  • Molecular crystals’ design and utilization;
  • Doped crystals;
  • (Bio)organic molecular crystals;
  • Laser and Raman spectroscopy;
  • Inorganic crystals;
  • Quantum chemical calculations;
  • Semi-empiric methods.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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