Top Crystal Engineering articles of 2017!

CrystEngComm is the journal for innovative research covering all aspects of crystal engineering – the design of crystals, crystal growth, and the synthesis and evaluation of solid-state materials with desired properties. Here is a selection of our most cited articles of 2017:


Most Cited Research:


This original research is off to a great start, as some of our most cited work these papers and communications are already receiving recognition from the crystal engineering community.


A series of new mixed-ligand complexes based on 3,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridazine: syntheses, structures, and catalytic activities

Sheng-Bin Zhou, Xin-Fang Wang, Ceng-Ceng Du, Duo-Zhi Wang and Dianzeng Jia

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 3124-3137

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00394C

Seven new mixed-ligand complexes based on 3,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridazine and various auxiliary ligands were synthesized and all complexes present good catalytic performance for the homocoupling reaction of 4-substituted aryl iodides bearing electron-donating groups.

Selective separation of aqueous sulphate anions via crystallization of sulphate–water clusters

Yang-Hui Luo, Jing-Wen Wang, Yao-Jia Li, Chen Chen, Pei-Jing An, Sen-Lin Wang, Chao-Qun You and Bai-Wang Sun

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 3362-3369

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00693D

The potential of N-benzyl-4-amino-1,2,4-triazole-related ligands as new candidate for aqueous/seawater sulfate separation was demonstrated. Sulfate anions were crystallized in form of [HSO4·H2O]n or [SO42−·H2O]n sulfate–water clusters both selectively and effectively.

Halogen bonding modulates hydrogel formation from Fmoc amino acids

Pizzi, L. Lascialfari, N. Demitri, A. Bertolani, D. Maiolo, E. Carretti and P. Metrangolo

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 1870-1874

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00031F

Iodine⋯pi halogen bonding is crucial to the self-assembly of brominated and iodinated Fmoc-phenylalanines.



Most Cited Reviews:


These Highlight articles are among our most cited of 2017, reviewing the advances and trends that are making waves in the crystal growth and supramolecular chemistry community.:


Overview of the strategic approaches for the solid-state recognition of hydrated anions

Md. Najbul Hoque and  Gopal Das

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 1343-1360

DOI: 10.1039/C6CE02438F

This review highlights the solid state recognition of hydrated anions an expanding area in the domain of supramolecular chemistry.

TTF–PTM dyads: from switched molecular self assembly in solution to radical conductors in solid state

Manuel Souto, Concepció Rovira, Imma Ratera and Jaume Veciana

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 197-206


Dyads formed by tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) linked to perchlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals exhibit interesting physical properties such as bistability in solution or conductivity in solid state.

The proof is in the powder: revealing structural peculiarities in the Yb3Rh4Sn13 structure type

Iain W. H. Oswald, Binod K. Rai, Gregory T. McCandless, Emilia Morosana and Julia Y. Chan

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 3381-3391

 DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00419B

Compounds adopting the Yb3Rh4Sn13 structure type have drawn attention because of the revelation of exotic states such as heavy fermion behavior, superconductivity, charge density wave, and quantum critical behavior.


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