Chemistry Using the Symmetry of Crystals

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry: Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024 | Viewed by 1008

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Dear Colleagues,

Crystallography is widely used as a structure determination tool in various fields of natural science. In principle, the three-dimensional periodic arrangement of atoms in a solid or crystal is measured via diffraction in the reciprocal space field of electromagnetic waves, and the atomic positions in real space are determined via Fourier transformation. In chemistry, 3D structures are discussed in stereochemistry and structural chemistry, but they are also closely related to condensed matter chemistry and chemical reactions involving molecular recognition. They have now become an indispensable research tool for analyzing low-molecular-weight crystal structures; however, once a crystal is formed, it follows the laws of crystal symmetry, such as the center of symmetry of the space group and the presence or absence of chirality. This Special Issue broadly calls for chemical research that essentially utilizes such symmetries of crystals.

Prof. Dr. Takashiro Akitsu
Guest Editor

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  • crystallography
  • structural chemistry
  • crystal structure
  • symmetry
  • space group
  • chirality

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4 pages, 566 KiB  
Chemistry for Space Group Symmetry beyond Crystals
by Takashiro Akitsu, Yuya Higashi, Rin Tsuchiya, Taiga Imae, Keishiro Komatsu, Daisuke Nakane and Dohyun Moon
Symmetry 2024, 16(3), 319; - 7 Mar 2024
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As a recent cutting-edge research target, the prediction of crystal systems or space groups using machine learning based on databases has been actively reported [...] Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chemistry Using the Symmetry of Crystals)
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