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A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 496

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“Coriolan Dragulescu” Institute of Chemistry, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
Interests: solid-state chemistry; crystal engineering; multicomponent crystals; biologically active compounds; non-covalent interactions; polymorphism

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“Coriolan Dragulescu” Institute of Chemistry, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
Interests: inorganic and coordination chemistry; supramolecular chemistry; liquid crystals; functional materials
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Dear Colleagues,

In the dynamic realm of materials science, there is a growing emphasis on developing materials with customized properties and a diverse range of functionalities; however, for a proper functional material design, the molecular structure–supramolecular structure–specific property relationship is imperative. In smartly designing the molecular structure, proper functionalization in order to build and control supramolecular hard or ‘soft’ dynamic structures may induce targeted properties and functions that promote them as advanced functional materials, able to bring important progress to all fields.

This Special Issue is open to researchers investigating developments in functional materials, including organic, inorganic, or organometallic systems, spanning from small molecular compounds to polymers, in various crystalline, liquid crystal, or amorphous forms. We strongly encourage recent advances at all levels in theoretical, fundamental, and applicative research related to functional molecular materials, with a focus on highlighting their distinctive properties and potential functionalities tailored for specific applications.

We welcome original research articles or reviews that explore advancements in the design, synthesis, and structural as well as functional characterization of new functional molecular materials. Additionally, articles addressing various aspects of structure–property relationships and their applications in diverse fields, ranging from crystal engineering to materials science, are also highly valued.

Dr. Manuela E. Crisan
Dr. Elisabeta Szerb
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • molecular materials
  • multicomponent crystals (cocrystals, salts, and salt–cocrystal hybrids) and polymorphs
  • supramolecular and/or self-assembled structures
  • molecular modeling
  • biological materials
  • magnetic materials
  • light-emitting materials
  • chemical and/or electrochemical sensors

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Mechanochemical Synthesis of Resveratrol–Piperazine Cocrystals
by Raul-Augustin Mitran, Simona Ioniţă, Daniel Lincu, Elena Mirabela Soare, Irina Atkinson, Adriana Rusu, Jeanina Pandele-Cuşu, Coca Iordache, Ingemar Pongratz, Mihaela Maria Pop and Victor Fruth
Materials 2024, 17(13), 3145; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma17133145 - 27 Jun 2024
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The 1:1 resveratrol–piperazine cocrystal was successfully synthesized and scaled-up to 300 g scale with the mechanochemical method, as a result of investigating key process parameters, namely the solvent and the grinding time. The use of water, ethanol or ethanol–water mixtures and reaction times [...] Read more.
The 1:1 resveratrol–piperazine cocrystal was successfully synthesized and scaled-up to 300 g scale with the mechanochemical method, as a result of investigating key process parameters, namely the solvent and the grinding time. The use of water, ethanol or ethanol–water mixtures and reaction times up to 50 min were evaluated relative to the dry grinding process. Cocrystal formation and purity were monitored through X-ray diffraction and calorimetry measurements. The dry grinding resulted in an incomplete cocrystal formation, while the use of water or water–ethanol mixture yielded a monohydrate solid phase. Pure ethanol was found to be the optimal solvent for large-scale cocrystallization, as it delivered cocrystals with high crystallinity and purity after 10–30 min grinding time at the laboratory scale. Notably, a relatively fast reaction time (30–60 min) was sufficient for the completion of cocrystallization at larger scales, using a planetary ball mill and a plant reactor. Also, the obtained cocrystal increases the aqueous solubility of resveratrol by 6%–16% at pH = 6.8. Overall, this study highlights the potential of solvent-assisted mechanochemical synthesis as a promising new approach for the efficient production of pure resveratrol–piperazine cocrystals. Full article
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