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Special Issue "High–Pressure Behaviour of Solids: From Molecular Species to 3D-Framework Materials"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ines Collings

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 71 avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble, France
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Interests: structure–property relationships; high pressure; metal–organic frameworks; coordination polymers; single-crystal and powder diffraction at non-ambient conditions; phase transitions
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrew B. Cairns

Affiliation: Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
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Interests: coordination polymers; high pressure; negative linear compressibility; materials engineering
Guest Editor
Prof. Miklos Kertesz

Department of Chemistry and Institute of Soft Matter, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057-1227, USA
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Interests: conducting polymers; electronic structure; fullerenes and carbon nanotubes; aromaticity; high pressure effects in organics; vibrational spectra; carbon phases; pi-stacking; unusual pi-conjugation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The high-pressure behaviour of solids provides unique insight into the phase stability, mechanical and physical properties of materials. Pressure is a powerful thermodynamic parameter that can cause dramatic structural modifications to materials, giving insights into intermolecular interactions, reactivity, packing and polymorphism of molecular units, or the distortions adopted in framework materials. 

This Special Issue of Molecules aims to cover a broad range of high-pressure investigations on molecular up to three-dimensional framework materials, focusing on high-pressure behaviour and the resulting properties or chemical changes. In the case of molecular materials, high-pressure studies reveal important intermolecular interactions for maintaining stability within each phase. Zeolites, coordination polymers as well as metal–organic frameworks are increasingly studied under pressure to investigate pressure-induced distortions that are of great importance for understanding phase stability; accessing interesting properties, such as negative linear/area compressibility; and finally, studying adsorption behaviour through the inclusion of the pressure-transmitting medium. The highlighted physical properties induced by pressure include spin crossover, luminescence, and piezochromism. Pressure can also be used to synthesise new materials, for example, by triggering the polymerisation reactions of molecular species. 

We look forward to your contributions to this emerging area of high-pressure science using experimental and/or computational approaches. 

Dr. Ines Collings
Dr. Andrew B. Cairns
Prof. Miklos Kertesz
Guest Editors

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. Molecules 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 1800 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.


  • high pressure
  • molecules
  • framework materials
  • physical properties
  • phase stability, polymorphism
  • compressibility
  • intermolecular interactions
  • synchrotron X-ray structures
  • Raman and IR spectroscopy

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