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We have just updated our reviewer recommend ‘HOT articles’ & our cummulative 2019 Highlights collections.

We update our HOT articles collection quarterly and make the selected articles free to access for 6 weeks! This collection represents the top 10% of research published in CrystEngComm between April – June 2019.

Make the most of the free to access period by browsing the collection today!

Why not start here:

 

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

A new dynamic framework with direct in situ visualisation of breathing under CO2 gas pressure
Phumile Sikiti, Charl X. Bezuidenhout, Dewald P. van Heerdena and Leonard J. Barbour
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 3415-3419
DOI: 10.1039/C9CE00418A, Paper

 

Our 2019 Highlights collection pulls together all of the reviews published in CrystEngComm throughout the year. Remember to check back to read our latest articles!

These two articles are already getting plenty of citations:

 

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

ReS2-Based electrode materials for alkali-metal ion batteries
Xuan Xie, Minglei Mao, Shihan Qi and Jianmin Ma
CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 3755-3769
DOI: 10.1039/C9CE00531E, Highlight

 

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Congratulations to the RSC Prize Winners at 4th Annual UK Porous Materials Conference!

The Annual UK Porous Materials Conference (UKPorMat), now in its 4th year, was held at Cardiff University on the 1st and 2nd of July 2019. The meeting, organised and chaired by the committee members of the RSC Porous Materials Interest Group, aims to bring together researchers working in the expanding field of porous materials, which includes metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs), porous organic cages, porous organic polymers, polymers of intrinsic microporosity and much more.

The Royal Society of Chemistry was delighted to be a part of the event, sponsoring a number of poster and talk prizes:

•  Alexander Thom (University of Glasgow) was awarded the CrystEngComm Poster Prize
•  Giulia Schukraft (Imperial College London) was awarded the ChemComm Poster Prize
•  Iona Doig (University of Southampton) was awarded the Materials Horizons Poster Prize
•  Alex James (University of Sheffield) was awarded the Chemical Science Prize for Best Talk

Congratulations to all of the prize winners!

 

Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize Winner Alexander Thom CrystEngComm Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize Winner
Alexander Thom (left) receiving the CrystEngComm Poster Prize from Ross Forgan (right) Iona Doig (right) receiving the Materials Horizons prize from Chris Harding (left)
Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize Winner Royal Society of Chemistry Prize Winners
Alex James (left) receiving the Chemical Science prize from Chris Harding (right) Prize winners at the close of the 4th Annual UK Porous Materials meeting ( Cardiff, 1-2 July 2019)

 

Special thanks go to the organizers and committee members of the RSC Porous Materials Interest Group:

Dr Thomas Bennett (University of Cambridge)
Dr Andrea Laybourn (University of Nottingham)
Dr Ross Forgan (University of Glasgow)
Dr Darren Bradshaw (University of Southampton)
Dr Tim Easun (Cardiff University)
Dr Timothy Johnson (Johnson Matthey Technology Centre)
Professor Tina Düren

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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!

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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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