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Interview with Sally Price

Professor Sally Price works at University College London in the UK. Her group focuses on developing the accurate modelling of intermolecular and intramolecular forces, in order to predict which crystal structures of an organic molecule are thermodynamically feasible. These are contrasted with experimental searches for polymorphs in order to understand the factors which lead to […]

Rare Ag···H-B interactions in coordination polymers

Carbaborane C-H groups are acidic and so are able to form hydrogen bonding interactions as donors. This can be exploited in the use of carbaboranes as coordinating anions that can be involved in agostic interactions with diverse metal centres. Agostic and electrostatic interactions for Ag···H-B are very rare.
In this advance article, Luís Cunha-Silva and Michaele Hardie report the […]

Interview with Alessia Bacchi

Professor Alessia Bacchi completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Parma. After completing a two year post doc in the European Molecular Biology Lab in Hamburg, she returned to the University of Parma in October 1998. Since October 2001, Alessia has been Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science, investigating the supramolecular organization […]

2012 Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering

The 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering will be held in the Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire, USA from 10–15th June 2012.
The conference is chaired by Robin D. Rogers  alongside CrystEngComm Associate Editor, Christer Aakeröy  and Mike Zaworotko who are vice chairing). Sessions will include Nucleation, Crystal Growth, and Solid State Reactivity; Polymorphism and Crystal Structure Prediction; […]

European Crystallographic Meeting Bergen 2012

The 27th meeting of the European Crystallographic Association (ECM27) will take place in Bergen, Norway from 6–11th August 2012.
The program committee have organised a rich scientific program of microsymposia and keynote lectures, with invited talks by CrystEngComm Editorial Board member Mark Spackman (University of Western Australia), Neil Champness (University of Nottingham, UK), Paola Gilli (University of […]

‘Lighting up’ MOFs

Interest in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) has escalated in recent years due to potential applications in gas storage, catalysis and ion-exchange. The growing demand for these multifunctional materials imposes expectations of certain properties, which are often met by variations in construction and choice of linking ligands.

This Advance Article by Francisco Javier Martínez Casado and colleagues from […]

Building with Bucky-Blocks

2D and 3D coordination networks with fullerene guests are promising candidates for superconducting materials, with potential applications in gas and information storage.
Edwin Constable and colleagues at the University of Basel, Switzerland have reported the intercalation of a fullerene molecule into a network containing octahedral nickel nodes. Using a layering technique, crystals of 1,2-dichlorobenzene and fullerene […]

500,000 structures and counting!

Solid form informatics is the use of knowledge-based techniques to evaluate and analyse structures, as well as to predict properties. Identifying solid forms of drugs with suitable physiochemical properties and reducing the late-stage appearance of additional drug forms are very attractive financial prospects for the pharmaceutical industry. 
In this CrystEngComm advance article, Peter Galek and colleagues […]

BiMo and Ti oxide nanofibers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

The reknowned capabilities of TiO2-based materials in photocatalytic oxidation of organic pollutants and in photoelectrochemical conversion of solar energy are inherently limited by the poor quantum efficiency of titanium. Research in this area is targeting improved generation and separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs in TiO2 in order to enhance photocatalytic activity.
In this CrystEngComm Advance Article, […]