Announcing the new Editors-in-Chief of CrystEngComm

We are delighted to announce that Christian Doonan (University of Adelaide, Australia) and C. Malla Reddy (Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India) have been appointed as Co-Editors-in-Chief of CrystEngComm. They succeed Pierangelo Metrangolo who served as the journal’s Chair for six years. We would like to thank Pierangelo for his unwavering support of the journal during his term and look forward to working with Christan and Malla over the years ahead.

This joint appointment, the first in the journal’s history, will enable us to draw upon the expertise and networks of two world-leading researchers in the fields of crystal engineering and functional materials.

Under their leadership, the journal will seek to expand into new and exciting areas of research. CrystEngComm will highlight key advances in the fields of crystal engineering and crystal growth and provide a vital forum for the development of innovating crystalline materials science.

Having both served the journal as Associate Editors for many years, their knowledge of the journal will be used to build upon its history and strengthen its position and scope over the coming years.

Christian and Malla share their views on the current research landscape and their enthusiasm to work together to lead the journal into new and exciting areas:

Crystal Engineering concepts are ubiquitous in the chemical sciences and underpin breakthroughs in a broad range of research areas. Over many years CrystEngComm has developed an international reputation for the publication of innovative scientific research and maintaining exceptional standards of scientific rigor. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Professor Reddy, and an exceptionally dedicated and accomplished editorial  team, to ensure that CrystEngComm is the primary destination for high-impact science focussed on the design and understanding of crystalline materials and to identify and develop new areas of growth for the journal.” Christian Doonan, January 2024

Crystal Engineering is now a mature field, providing exciting opportunities for the design of novel materials using sustainable routes, thanks to the progress made over last three to four decades. With the ever-expanding database of crystal structures and growing influence of computational tools supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning, we are here to witness unprecedented levels of predictive power to find novel materials. It is an absolute delight for me to join Professor Doonan, the board members and editorial team of the journal. Utilising CrystEngComm’s strong roots in the community, we will together steer its growth to reach new heights.” C. Malla Reddy, January 2024

C. Malla Reddy is the first researcher based in India to serve as an Editor-in-Chief of an RSC journal, and we are looking forward to working with Malla to continue to support all researchers, in India and beyond, to publish their best science.

Christian Doonan’s expertise and international collaborations complement those of Malla and, taken together, will enable us to understand and respond to the needs of our global readership and authorship, encouraging submissions from leaders in the field.

Take a look at recent work from both Christian and Malla:

A high Z′ structure of an organic salt with unusually high phase stability, nanoindentation, and mechano and vapo-fluorochromism

CrystEngComm, 2023,25, 3164-3170

Understanding the structural landscape of Mn-based MOFs formed with hinged pyrazole carboxylate linkers

CrystEngComm, 2023,25, 6539-6548




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