Welcome to our new Associate Editors: Susan Bourne & C. Malla Reddy

A warm welcome to both Professor Susan Bourne and Professor C. Malla Reddy who start as Associate Editors for CrystEngComm this month!

Susan Bourne, University of Cape Town, CrystEngComm Associate Editor, Royal Society of ChemistrySusan Bourne is the Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cape Town. Her PhD, obtained at the University of Cape Town, was a study of organic inclusion compounds undertaken under the supervision of Professor Luigi Nassimbeni.

Her research interests include the application of physicochemical methods to inclusion compounds and crystal engineering of metal-organic materials, all with the aim of correlating solid-state structure with physical properties and reactivity. She has published over 120 papers and has supervised 20 postgraduate students. She is the chair of the Structural Chemistry Commission of the International Union of Crystallography, and is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.

Browse a selection of work published by Susan:

Conformational chiral polymorphism in cis-bis-triphenylphosphine complexes of transition metals
Never Tshabang, Gaone P. Makgatle, Susan A. Bourne, Nina Kann, Jack D. Evans, François-Xavier Coudert and Lars Öhrström
CrystEngComm, 2018, 20, 5137-5142
DOI: 10.1039/ C8CE00337H, Paper

Unravelling chromism in metal–organic frameworks
Gift Mehlana and Susan A. Bourne
CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4238-4259
DOI: 10.1039/ C7CE00710H, Highlight

Selectivity of aliphatic alcohols by host–guest chemistry
Nicole M. Sykes, Hong Su, Edwin Weber, Susan A. Bourne and Luigi R. Nassimbeni
CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 3682-3688
DOI: 10.1039/ C7CE00736A, Paper

C Malla Reddy, (IISER) Kolkata , CrystEngComm Associate Editor, Royal Society of ChemistryProfessor C. Malla Reddy (Hyderabad, India, 09 Feb 1975) works in the Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata (2008 – present). He received his PhD in Crystal Engineering in 2006 from University of Hyderabad, and took up Post-Doctoral Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2007 – 2008). He has been an Honorary Visiting Scientist at the University of Bradford (2015 – 18), a recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Mobility Grant, the Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Chemical Society of Japan (2017) and the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, India. He is a Co-editor of Acta Crystallogr. B and has served as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances during 2015-16 as well as part of our Advisory Board here at CrystEngComm. He also served on the Local Organizing Committee of IUCr2017@Hyderabad, India.

His research group is engaged in understanding mechanical properties of organic solids, including pharmaceutical and optoelectronic crystals. Some of his well known contributions include the discovery of flexible elastic and plastic organic crystals and designing flexible crystals using Supramolecular Shape Synthons. He has published over 90 research articles.

 

Browse a selection of work published by Malla:

 

Tuning mechanical behaviour by controlling the structure of a series of theophylline co-crystals
Shubhangi Kakkar, Biswajit Bhattacharya, C. Malla Reddy and Soumyajit Ghosh
CrystEngComm, 2018, 20, 1101-1109
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01915G, Paper

Reaction time dependent formation of Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of bis(methyl)thiasalen podand
Pradip Kr. Dutta, Snigdha Panda, G. Rama Krishna, C. Malla Reddy and Sanjio S. Zade
Dalton Transactions, 2013, 42, 476-483
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31630G, Paper

Direct correlation among crystal structure, mechanical behaviour and tabletability in a trimorphic molecular compound
Partha Pratim Bag, Miles Chen, Changquan Calvin Sun and C. Malla Reddy
CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 3865-3867
DOI: 10.1039/ C2CE25100K, Communication

Submit your research or reviews to Susan & Malla today, they will be delighted to receive them!

See our author guidelines for information on our article types or find out more about the advantages of publishing in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.

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Congratulations to the CrystEngComm poster prize winners at British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting 2019

The 2019 British Crystallographic Association Spring meeting was held at the University of Nottingham on Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April. The British Crystallographic Association was formed in 1982 and is the UK national association for crystallography. It is made up of four subject based groups: biological structures; chemical crystallography; industrial applications & physical crystallography, and the interdisciplinary Young Crystallographers group. With over 600 members, the BCA’s primary aims work to promote crystallography in research and the education of young people in the methods, possibilites and achievements of crystallographic science.

The annual Spring Meeting brings together all four subject groups and the Young Crystallographers group for a three day conference in the UK to encourage a strong interaction and exchange of ideas among post-graduate students and members.

Georgia Scurfield, University of Oxford, CrystEngComm Poster Prize Winner

 

CrystEngComm sponsored two poster prizes at this year’s meeting which were awarded to:

Georgia Scurfield, University of Oxford, for the poster entitled:

Furthering our understanding of modulation in molecular structures

Aneesa Al-Ani, University of Bath, for the poster entitled:

Engineering a new access route to metastable polymorphs with electrical confinement for enhanced pharmaceutical properties

 

The winners received a journal certificate and a book voucher.

CrystEngComm sends hearty congratulations to the winners!

Georgia Scurfield pictured receiving her certificate from Iain Oswald, Chair of The Crystallography Group

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Welcome to our new Editorial Board members: Elena Boldyreva & Aurora Cruz-Cabeza

A huge welcome to both Elena Boldyreva and Aurora Cruz-Cabeza who have joined us as Editorial Board members for CrystEngComm!

Professor Elena Boldyreva, CrystEngComm Editorial Board MemberProfessor Dr Elena Boldyreva is employed by Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences and is the Head of the Chair of Solid State Chemistry of the Novosibirsk State University. She graduated from Novosibirsk State University in 1982 and received her PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1988 and her Dr. Sci. in Solid State Chemistry in Russia. Elena Boldyreva is an Honorary Doctor of Sciences of the University of Edinburgh, a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Slovenia and a Mameber of the Academia Europea. She was a Humboldt Fellow and have spent many research terms in Germany, UK, Italy, France.

Her main interests are in the polymorphism of drugs and biomimetics, the properties of hydrogen bonds and the role of kinetic factors in solid-state transformations. She also continues to study the relation between stresses and solid-state reactivity, with particular interest in photo- and thermo- mechanical effects.

Below is a selection of articles Elena has published with us:

Ball size or ball mass – what matters in organic mechanochemical synthesis?
Adam A. L. Michalchuk, Ivan A. Tumanov and Elena V. Boldyreva
CrystEngComm, 2019,21, 2174-2179
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE02109K, Paper

 

Pressure-driven phase transition mechanisms revealed by quantum chemistry: L-serine polymorphs
Denis A. Rychkov, Jernej Stare and Elena V. Boldyreva
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 2017, 19, 6671-6676
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP07721H, Paper

High pressure: a complementary tool for probing solid-state processes
Boris A. Zakharov and Elena V. Boldyreva
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 10-22
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE01391H, Highlight

Quantification of photoinduced bending of dynamic molecular crystals: from macroscopic strain to kinetic constants and activation energies
Stanislav Chizhik, Anatoly Sidelnikov, Boris Zakharov, Panče Naumov and Elena Boldyreva
Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 2319-2335
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC04863G, Edge Article

 

Dr Aurora Cruz-Cabeza, CrystEngComm Editorial Board Member, University of ManchesterDr. Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences. After her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2008), she worked at Pfizer and then held several postdoctoral positions at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, the University of Amsterdam and Hofmann-La Roche. She arrived to Manchester in 2016 where she has established her own research group in solid state chemistry and crystallisation.

Aurora has authored over 50 research articles and has given over 60 research talks around the world. Some of her best well-known work lies in the area of polymorphism in molecular crystals. She currently holds a Royal Society Industry Fellowship in AstraZeneca and has served as guest editors for several special editions for CrystEngComm. Aurora is also a mother of a wonderful boy, she loves travelling, photography, music and Spain.

Aurora was one of the guest editors for our recent themed issue on The Solid State of Pharmaceuticals with Katharina Edkins.

Browse a selection of work published by Aurora below:

Polymorphism in p-aminobenzoic acid
Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza, Roger J. Davey, Iain D. H. Oswald, Martin R. Ward and Isaac J. Sugden
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 2034-2042
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE01890A, Highlight

Aromatic stacking – a key step in nucleation
Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza, Roger J. Davey, Sharlinda Salim Sachithananthan, Rebecca Smith, Sin Kim Tang, Thomas Vettera and Yan Xiao
Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 7905-7908
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02423A, Communication

On the prevalence of smooth polymorphs at the nanoscale: implications for pharmaceuticals
Ana M. Belenguer, Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza, Giulio I. Lampronti and Jeremy K. M. Sanders
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 2203-2211
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE02098A, Paper

Discovery and recovery of delta p-aminobenzoic acid
Martin R. Ward, Shatha Younis, Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza, Craig L. Bull, Nicholas P. Funnellc and Iain D. H. Oswald
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 2058-2066
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE01882K, Paper

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Outstanding Reviewers for CrystEngComm in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for CrystEngComm in 2018, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Matthias Bickermann, Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth ORCiD: 0000-0003-0888-849X 

Professor Catharine Esterhuysen, Stellenbosch University ORCiD: 0000-0002-0135-2118

Dr Franca Jones, Curtin University ORCiD: 0000-0002-8461-8291

Dr Richard Jones, Keele University ORCiD: 0000-0001-9663-1525 

Dr Anna Krawczuk, Jagiellonian University ORCiD: 0000-0001-7172-7264

Professor Jian-Ping Lang, Soochow University ORCiD: 0000-0003-2942-7385

Professor Weiqiang Liao, Southeast University ORCiD: 0000-0002-5359-7037

Dr Subhadip Neogi, CSIR-CSMCRI ORCiD: 0000-0002-3838-4180

Dr Alexander Shtukenberg, NYU ORCiD: 0000-0002-5590-4758 

Dr Tharanga Wijethunga, MIT ORCiD: 0000-0003-1099-9471

We would also like to thank the CrystEngComm board and the crystal engineering and crystalline materials community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé. You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Congratulations to the CrystEngComm poster prize winners at PCCr2 2019!

The Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) was held 28th January – 2nd February in Accra, Ghana. The conference was open to researchers, academics, students and individuals from all over the world with the aim of creating a platform for sharing knowledge, promoting networks and establishing collaborations to further the development of the continent through science and engineering.

The CrystEngComm poster prizes were awarded to:

Lois Afua Okyerewaa Damptey, University of Ghana, Legon for her poster entitled:

Transesterification triglyceride over MgO doped hierarchical porous SiO2

Lois Afua Okyerewaa Damptey and her winning poster, University of Ghana, Legon, Transesterification triglyceride over MgO doped hierarchical porous SiO2

Lois Afua Okyerewaa Damptey and her winning poster

Radhwane Takouachet, University of Abbes Laghrour-Khenchela, Algeria, Structural analysis and IR-spectroscopy of a new anilinium hydrogenselenite hybrid compound: A subtle structural phase transition

Radhwane Takouachet’s winning poster

 

and Radhwane Takouachet, University of Abbes Laghrour-Khenchela, Algeria for his poster entitled:

Structural analysis and IR-spectroscopy of a new anilinium hydrogenselenite hybrid compound: A subtle structural phase transition

The winners received a journal certificate, a book voucher and a free subscription to CrystEngComm.

CrystEngComm sends hearty congratulations to the winners!

 

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Congratulations to Rahul Banerjee for winning the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize!

Rahul Banerjee, an Associate Editor of CrystEngComm, was recently awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India. The award, named after the first director-general of the CSIR, is given annually to 8-10 researchers up to the age of 45 for notable and outstanding research in one of seven disciplines. Rahul, who is based at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, was awarded the prize in the field of Chemical Sciences for his work on structural chemistry with applications in hydrogen storage and carbon capture.

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Rahul recently guest edited a CrystEngComm themed issue on Covalent organic frameworks and organic cage structures, along with Neil R. Champness.

The whole team here at CrystEngComm would like to offer a huge congratulations to our colleague Rahul for this immense achievement!

 

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5th European Crystallographic School

This past July the 5th European Crystallographic School (ECS5) was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The event is aimed at providing young researchers with a comprehensive overview of all aspects of crystallography. An international selection of lectures covered a diverse range of topics ranging from fundamentals such as point groups and space groups to applications of the technique in biology and materials science. 

The school was a huge success, attracting over 60 participants from 10 countries across Europe and Africa. CrystEngComm was pleased to support the event by providing the participants with free subscriptions to the journal, as well as book vouchers which were awarded for active participation. The winners were Jacky Bouanga Boudiombo (University of Cape Town) and Siyabonga Hulushe (Rhodes University), with honourable mentions going to Aleix Tarrés Solé (CSIC), Stanley Manzini (Sasol Group Technology) and Marco Bardini (University of Cape Town).

Active participants, from left to right  – Aleix Tarrés Solé, Marco Bardini, Siyabonga Hulushe, Jacky Bouanga Boudiombo and Stanley Manzini

CrystEngComm offers sincere congratulations to the winners and would like to wish all participants the best in their future research.

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CrystEngComm at the 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Crystal Engineering

This August the 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Crystal Engineering (SEACCE-2) was held at Sunway University, Malaysia.

Hosted by Professor Edward R.T. Tiekink, Head the Research Centre for Crystalline Materials at Sunway, the event aims to bring together researchers from Southeast Asian Nations, along with China and India, to discuss recent advances from across the fields of crystallography, crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry, and more! Over 100 delegates participated in the activities with good representation from Thailand, India, The People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and hosts Malaysia. Featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers Gautam Desiraju, Chen Xiao-Ming and Jagadese J. Vittal as well as submitted talks and poster presentations, the conference gave emerging investigators and students to network with some of the leaders in the field. 

 

CrystEngComm was pleased to support the event by offering awards for outstanding flash poster talks. The presenters were challenged to communicate and highlight the significance of their research effectively in three minutes using only a single static slide.

 

The winners of this challenging task were:

Cao Chenchen

Sun Yat-Sen University

(People’s Republic of China)

Linker Installation to Constructs a Bifunctional Metal-Organic Framework as Heterogeneous Catalyst for Stepwise Organic Transformations

Dr Suman Bhattacharya

University of Limerick

(Republic of Ireland)

Temperature-dependent Phase Switching in a 2D Layered MOF

Bibhuti Bhusan Rath

National University of Singapore

(Singapore)

Structural Transformation of Photoreactive Helical Coordination Polymers to Two Dimensional Structures

Dr Mark Lee Wun Fui

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

(Malaysia)

Supramolecular Assembly of Rhenium(I) Complexes Mediated by Ligand Planarity via Interplay of Substituents

All prizes were presented by conference Chairman Edward Tiekink, the winners recieved a journal certificate and free subscription.

 

CrystEngComm and the RSC offer a hearty congratulations to all poster prize winners! 

 

 

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Congratulations to the JSCC Award Winners!

This July saw the occasion of The 68th Conference of Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC), held in Sendai. The event was a great success, featuring over 200 talks in both English and Japanese spread over six sessions as well as almost 300 posters.

CrystEngComm‘s Deputy Editor, Mike Andrews, and the RSC’s Editorial Development Manager for Japan, Hiromitsu Urakami, were on-hand to award poster prizes for the best student poster presentations.

The CrystEngComm award went to Tomohiro Fujimoto of Osaka University, for his poster: 

オスミウム錯体を触媒とするアルケンの1,2-アミノアルコール化反応における反応活性種の同定と反応性

(Identification and Reactivity of Active Species in the 1,2-Aminohydroxylation of Alkenes Catalyzed by an Osmium Complex)

Tomohiro Fujimoto (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (left)

The Dalton Transactions Award went to Yuta Ohtsubo of Kyushu University, for his poster: 

多孔性金属錯体を利用した水素分子の核スピン変換の促進

(Promotion of nuclear spin conversion of molecular hydrogen using a porous metal complex)

Yuto Ohtsubo (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (centre) and Hiro Urakami (left)

 The Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers award went to Aoyama Tomokazu of Tokyo Metropolitan University for his poster:

水素生成を目指した新規水溶性超分子システムの調製と触媒機能

(Preparation and catalytic activity of a novel water-soluble supramolecular system aimed at hydrogen production)

Aoyama Tomokazu (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (centre) and Hiro Urakami (left)

The poster prize winners received a journal certificate and a colour changing RSC mug!

 

The RSC offers a hearty congratulations to prize winners at the JSCC!

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Congratulations to the CrystEngComm poster prize winner at ACA 2018!

This July saw the occasion of the 68th annual meeting of the American Crystallographers Association, held in Toronto. The event draws crystallographers and professionals in related fields from both academia and industry and features a packed schedule, including world-renowned keynote speakers. The CrystEngComm poster prize was awarded to Aristyo Soecipto, for his poster “Chiral Segregation of Space by Anionic Assemblies found in Tartramide-based Spiroborate Salts.

Aristyo works in the group of Professor Ian D. Williams at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. CrystEngComm would like offer a hearty congratulations to Aristyo for his excellent poster presentation!

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