Special Issue "Crystal Growth of Multifunctional Borates and Related Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2018)
Most borate materials have attracted considerable attention, owing to their remarkable characteristics and potential applications. For instance, they demonstrate nonlinear optical and piezoelectric effects (CsB3O5, LiB3O5, CsLiB6O10, KBe2BO3F2, Sr2Be2BO7, K2Al2B2O7, Ca4GdO(BO3)3, b-BaB2O4, R2CaB10O19 (R = rare earth metals), RM3(BO3)4 (М = Аl, Cr, Ga, Fe, Sc), luminescent (RBO3) and magneto-electrical properties (RFe3(BO3)4, RСr3(BO3)4, HoAl3(BO3)4, TbAl3(BO3)4), etc.
Nowadays, more than 1000 representatives of the anhydrous borate family are listed in the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. These compounds are characterized by the great variety in their crystal structures, caused in the linkage of planar BO3–triangles and BO4–tetrahedra as fundamental structural units, and this leads to glass formation in viscous borate-based melts. Investigations of “conditions–composition–structure-properties” relationships can help to develop growth in technology of single crystal components for high performance electronic and optical devices for industrial, medical and entertainment applications.
The structural stability of many silicates, phosphates and germanates also depends on the delocalization of formal charges of the AnOm (A=Si,Ge,P) anions as a result of their polymerization. The regular variations in their structural motifs makes it possible to forecast (optimistically, more or less) new phase systems for the synthesis of advanced materials as well, because currently most of these single crystals are not available in good size or quality. A further analysis of these inorganic polymer structures will set forth the judicious ways towards better understanding the growth mechanisms of multifunctional crystals, and this Special Issue is intended to fill this gap in the field.
Prof. Dr. Nikolay I Leonyuk
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- Crystal Growth
- Crystal Chemistry
- Multifunctional Materials