Welcoming Professors Bin Zhao and Changquan Calvin Sun to the CrystEngComm Editorial Board

We are delighted to introduce Professor Changquan Calvin Sun (University of Minnesota, USA) and Professor Bin Zhao (Nankai University, China) as the latest members of the CrystEngComm Editorial Board!

Changquan Calvin Sun is Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota, USA, from which he received his PhD in Pharmaceutics in 2000. After spending 8 years in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the Department of Pharmaceutics as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2017. Professor Sun’s research focuses on efficient formulation design of high-quality tablet products through the appropriate application of materials science and engineering principles. Two main areas of his current research are crystal and particle engineering for superior pharmaceutical properties and, fundamental understanding of pharmaceutical processes, including powder compaction. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Sun received the 2019 Ralph Shangraw Memorial Award from the International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council (IPEC) and the 2022 David J. W. Grant Distinguished Scholar Award in Basic Pharmaceutics from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE).

Professor Sun has given his insight and thoughts on the future of the field of crystal engineering with regard to pharmaceutical research and the role of CrystEngComm:

“Crystal engineering has been proven to be effective for modifying solid-state properties of molecules. This is attractive for overcoming problems in several fields, including pharmaceutical development. A major opportunity for advancing crystal engineering research is the development of reliable computational tools that can guide efficient design and preparation of new crystals with desired properties. To achieve this goal, quantitative crystal structure – properties relationship needs to be further developed. In this context, CrystEngComm plays a central role in terms of developing and defining a highly collaborative and prolific crystal engineering community through offering a platform for disseminating cutting edge research that meets a high, quality standard.”

Bin Zhao is a Distinguished Professor at Nankai University. He received his PhD degree from Nankai University in 2004 and has worked as a Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry since 2009. His current research interests focus on the construction of complicated metal clusters and structure, luminescence and catalysis of cluster-based coordination polymers, as well as their applications in the fields of energy, environment and health, such as the conversion and utilization of CO2, water splitting, luminescent probes etc. The related research won the support of the National Outstanding Youth Science Fund. Bin Zhao has published over 180 research papers and has won various awards including the National Hundred Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2006), the Chinese Chemical Society Prize for Young Scientists (2006), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (2007) and the Youth Science and Technology Innovation Leader (2017).

Professor Zhao has also given his insight and thoughts on the role of CrystEngComm and the importance of crystal engineering in materials science research:

“In the field of chemistry and materials science, crystal engineering is an indispensable subject that helps us explore the structures of substances, the design of novel crystalline materials, and the relation amongst structure and properties. Nowadays, crystalline materials such as MOFs are under widespread investigation for their outstanding performance in the areas of catalysis, gas adsorption, chemical sensing and so on. As a result crystal engineering will be under prosperous development. CrystEngComm is a well-known specialized journal about designing and understanding of solid-state and crystalline materials. Huge amounts of impressive crystalline structures with interesting property and design strategies have been published in this journal, which plays a critical role in the crystal engineering community and will get increasing attention in the future.”

Browse a selection of recent articles by Professor Zhao and Professor Sun

The different magnetic relaxation behaviors in [Fe(CN)6]3− or [Co(CN)6]3− bridged 3d–4f heterometallic compounds

Ruirui Wang, Haili Wang, Juan Wang, Feifei Bai, Yue Ma, Licun Li, Qinglun Wang, Bin Zhao and Peng Cheng

CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 2998-3004

Cocrystal engineering of pharmaceutical solids: therapeutic potential and challenges

Si Nga Wong, Yu Chee Sonia Chen, Bianfei Xuan, Changquan Calvin Sun and Shing Fung Chow

CrystEngComm, 2021, 23, 7005-7038

Enhancing the energy barrier of dysprosium(III) single-molecule magnets by tuning the magnetic interactions through different N-oxide bridging ligands

Juan Wang, Mingfang Yang, Juan Sun, Hui Li, Jinjin Liu, Qinglun Wang, Licun Li, Yue Ma, Bin Zhao and Peng Cheng

CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 6219-6225

Profoundly improved photostability of dimetronidazole by cocrystallization

Xinghui Hao, Jinhui Li, Chenguang Wang, Xinghua Zhao, Xin He and Changquan Calvin Sun

CrystEngComm, 2022, 24, 6165-6171

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