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Special Issue "Cooperativity in Chemistry"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Mück-Lichtenfeld

Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
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Interests: computational organic chemistry; organic reaction mechanisms; noncovalent interactions; radical chemistry; physical organic chemistry; organometallic chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts”—Cooperativity is a fundamental principle in nature and specifically in molecular chemistry. In organic synthesis and catalysis, the synergistic action of reagents may increase the rate, yield or selectivity of reactions when compared to transformations in the presence of only one reagent or catalyst. In supramolecular chemistry, cooperativity modulates the binding energy of multifunctional molecules, controlling the formation of oligomeric or polymeric nanostructures in self-assembly processes. Magnetic and dielectric properties of molecules or molecular materials are in many cases determined by cooperative interactions of the constituting functional units.

The detection and qualitative or quantitative determination of synergistic effects as deviations from additive contributions to reaction rates, binding energies or molecular properties requires detailed analysis and, in many cases, a computational perspective. Computations help to understand, e.g., the role of reactants in a synergistic mechanism or quantify the amount of cooperative energy in noncovalently bound aggregates.

This Special Issue of Molecules invites representative original research papers and reviews that qualitatively or quantitatively elucidate cooperative effects in chemical reactions, molecular properties, and self-assembly processes by experiments or computational methods.

Dr. Christian Mück-Lichtenfeld
Guest Editor

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 semimonthly 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.


  • Cooperativity
  • Cooperative catalysis
  • Noncovalent interactions
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry

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