HOT Articles – Online and free to access now

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We have updated our reviewer recommended ‘HOT articles’ for 2021.

We update our HOT articles collection quarterly and have made the selected articles free to access until 24 May 2021! This collection represents the top 10% of research published in CrystEngComm between January – March 2021.

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

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We are delighted to announce a CrystEngComm themed issue to be published in 2021

We are delighted to announce a CrystEngComm themed issue to be published in 2021:

 

Crystal Growth of Nanomaterials:

Guest Editors: Professor Dongfeng Xue (Multiscale Crystal Materials Research Center of Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology of CAS, China),  Professor Dr Georg Garnweitner (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany) and Professor Kwangyeol Lee (Korea University, Korea).

Deadline: 31st May 2021

Does your research fit into this subject area? If so, we would welcome your contribution. For further details on issue scope and on how to submit, see below:

 

 

 

Issue scope

The field of nanomaterials continues to be highly dynamic, with more and more complex products being synthesized in highly defined form. For many applications, crystalline materials with tailored properties are desired, necessitating an adjustment of size or morphology. It is imperative to understand the growth mechanisms and processes of these materials, which enables their facile tailoring by thermodynamic and kinetic control. For many systems, a host of synthesis strategies have been reported, but the actual growth processes and mechanisms remain elusive.

Therefore, in this themed issue, we intend to specifically shed a light on recent advances on the understanding and control of crystal growth mechanisms and processes of nanomaterials. Thereby, all kinds of materials as well as all possible synthesis strategies and growth theories, both in the liquid phase or gas phase, at room temperature or high temperatures, are covered.

How to submit

All types of manuscript – communications, full papers and highlights, will be considered for publication. The manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system.

All manuscripts will be subject to the usual initial assessment and peer review processes as necessary, and inclusion in the themed issue will be at the discretion of the Guest Editors. Please indicate in your submission that you are submitting to the themed issue.

 

Interested in submitting a paper? Please contact us for more information

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Read our Editors’ Collection: Bioapplications of MOFs

We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles focusing on Bioapplications of MOFs, handpicked by Associate Editor, Professor Christian Doonan, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

All of these articles are free to access until March 31st, 2021 and we hope you enjoy reading them.

We are pleased to invite you to submit your research to CrystEngComm and give your work the global visibility it deserves.

Submit your research now

Selected articles:

Mechanochemical approaches towards the in situ confinement of 5-FU anti-cancer drug within MIL-100 (Fe) metal–organic framework
Barbara E. Souza and Jin-Chong Tan
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 4526-4530

Fabrication of a dual-emitting RhB@Zn-1 composite as a recyclable luminescent sensor for sensitive detection of nitrofuran antibiotics
Qian-Qian Tu, Ling-Ling Ren, Ai-Ling Cheng and  En-Qing Gao
CrystEngComm, 2021,23, 629-637

Synthesis of fluorescent MOFs: live-cell imaging and sensing of a herbicide
Aurobinda Mohanty, Udai P. Singh, R. J. Butcher, Neeladrisingha Das and  Partha Roy
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 4468-4477

Read the full collection here

Meet the Editor

Christian Doonan is Professor of chemistry at the University of Adelaide. He received his PhD at the University of Melbourne and carried out post-doctoral work with Professor Omar Yaghi at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research group focuses on the design and synthesis of Metal-organic Framework materials for application to biotechnology and catalysis.

Christian is a member of the international MOF commission and his research has been recognised through several awards including, an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, a distinguished lectureship award from the Chemical Society of Japan and a Double Hundred Talent Professorship at Qingdao University.

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HOT Articles – Online and free to access now

CrystEngComm

We have updated our reviewer recommend ‘HOT articles’ for 2020.

We update our HOT articles collection quarterly and have made the selected articles free to access until 18 February 2021! This collection represents the top 10% of research published in CrystEngComm between October – December 2020.

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

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Register now for Behind the Paper, with the CCDC

Regular readers of CrystEngComm will know that in November 2020 we published a themed issue entitled The Cambridge Structural Database – A wealth of knowledge gained from a million structures. Guest edited by Suzanna Ward and Ghazala Sadiq, the issue celebrated the one millionth crystal structure, and featured 33 articles highlighting some of the many applications of the data in the CSD. 

 

Now, the community can find out more about the work behind some of these papers with a series of live webinars, jointly organised by the CCDC and CrystEngComm. Running throughout January 2021, these webinars will feature authors talking about the context, challenges and wider scope of their work.

 

Find out more and register here

 

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2020 CrystEngComm News

Well what a year this has been! CrystEngComm has published over 850 articles, from 57 countries with two themed issues and an increase on review content from 2019!

As we all know with 2020 came the emergence of Covid-19 all around the world. The virus has no doubt had an impact on all of our individual lives as well as to our research community in some form or other, and all of us here very much hope that you all continue to stay safe and well. If as a member of our community you do need support through Covid-19 there is further information available here.

We have all moved forward and adapted our lives and ways of working as best we can to enable us to positively continue what we do. Chair of the CrystEngComm Editorial Board Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo has this to say about how Covid-19 initially affected him and his research team and what he thinks the community has and can take from this experience:

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s daily and professional lives for many months and perhaps there are more yet to come. I remember I was shocked during the first wave when we suddenly had to stop all of our activities. But within a few days, I realized that I had to react and started to serve my local community helping my department to produce hand-sanitizing liquid for hospitals, the Red Cross, police officers, and prisons in Lombardy. In the end we produced and distributed more than 100000 litres of the liquid. I remember the hours spent on the phone contacting business associates and acquaintances creating a network of manufacturers that could help supply the ingredients and distribute the product. Obviously, my research activity slowed down and it wasn’t easy to stay connected with the students and staff of my research group.

By the beginning of June, we resumed in-person research activities and started our “new normal” life finding ways to adapt and to connect online. There was little contact with other people, staying closed in the office, not much social or recreational activity, no trips and no conferences. On the other hand, I discovered that virtual platforms also offered new opportunities. For example, I started a series of virtual seminars at my department inviting colleagues from all over the world. Also, the 4th International Symposium on Halogen Bonding was held virtually in November and it was a great success. Although through a monitor, I realized how happy I was meeting with the familiar faces of friends and colleagues from the most remote places in the world, and seeing that they were in good health and we could discuss science while sipping a cup of coffee in the peace of our office or at home.

This pandemic will hopefully be over soon thanks to a vaccine. But we shall never forget the lessons learned in these difficult times. We as scientists have a great responsibility towards society, and chemistry, in particular, has fully demonstrated its role. The way we teach, carry out research and interact with colleagues perhaps will be impacted forever, but I really hope that we will keep the sense of solidarity, community, and global intent of preserving life and behave more responsibly for the benefit of humankind and our planet.”

 

Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

CrystEngComm Editorial Board Chair

2020 also saw two new Associate Editors join the CrystEngComm Editorial Board, Professors Christian Doonan and Kwangyeol Lee. We were delighted to be able to welcome them to the team and are looking forward to working with them to continue to shape the future of the journal for the community. We also said goodbye to Professor Georg Garnweitner as an Associate Editor, and we thank him for his many years working so hard to help make the journal what it is today.

  Kwangyeol Lee is Professor of Chemistry at Korea University.  He graduated from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1992 and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign under the supervision of Professor John. R. Shapley. Throughout his independent research career Professor Lee has studied nanocrystal growth, phase conversions in nanoscale as well as nanoparticle applications. His current research efforts are focused on the development of synthetic methodologies for nanoscale materials and the development of nanotechnologies to support the environment by creating sustainable energy. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Lectureship Award (2007, The Chemical Society of Japan), Wiley-KCS Young Scholar Award (2009, The Korean Chemical Society) and the Excellent Research Award (2019, Inorganic Chemistry Division of The Korean Chemical Society).

 

Christian Doonan is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. He received his PhD at the University of Melbourne and carried out post-doctoral work with Professor Omar Yaghi at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research group focuses on the design and synthesis of Metal-organic Framework materials

for application to biotechnology and catalysis.

Christian is a member of the international MOF commission and his research has been recognised through several awards including, an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, a distinguished lectureship award from the Chemical Society of Japan and a Double Hundred Talent Professorship at Qingdao University.

CrystEngComm commissioned themed issues in 2020

Two commissioned themed issues of the journal were published in 2020:

Crystal engineering for electrochemical applicationsthis issue focuses on crystal engineering strategies for the design of materials with superior properties for electrochemical applications, ranging from lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors to electrocatalysts. It was guest edited by Professor Georg Garnweitner,TU Braunschweig and Professor Dongfeng Xue, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Cambridge Structural Database – A wealth of knowledge gained from a million structures – This issue combines 33 articles which highlight some of the many applications of the CSD in celebration of the one millionth crystal structure, a significant community achievement in 2019. Throughout this issue, the research carried out by the authors demonstrates the breadth of information and the variety of applications arising from the data in the CSD. Over the last half a century the complexity and size of structures have expanded, and the techniques and instrumentation used to determine new structures have evolved considerably. The articles show how far the field has evolved. It was guest edited by Suzanna C. Ward and Ghazala Sadiq, CCDC.

 

CrystEngComm Live Webinars in 2021

 

Join CCDC and CrystEngComm for 1 hour every Friday in January, where we’ll be going Behind the paper with an author who used insights from the 1 million structures in the CSD in a unique way.

Learn more and register here.

In these sessions you will get to know the author, hear their views on the wider context and challenges of their work – and have the chance to ask questions.

CrystEngComm Editor’s Collections, 2020

In late 2019 we started publishing Editor’s collections in CrystEngComm, and have continued this throughout 2020. Curated by Editorial Board members, these collections highlight a number of previously published articles from the journal which the Guest editor has personally chosen to showcase a specific area of research. The Editor’s collections published in 2020 are:

Editor’s Collection: Mechanochemistry, Guest editor Elena Boldyreva, Novosibirsk State University, Russia

Editor’s Collection: Computer aided solid form design, Guest Editor Susan Reutzel-Edens, Eli Lilly and Company, USA

Editor’s Collection: Zirconium based MOFs for catalysis, Guest Editor Professor Omar Farha, Northwestern University, USA

Editor’s collection: Metal Organic Frameworks as catalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction, Guest Editor Tong-Bu Lu, Tianjin University of Technology, China

 

Accessing 2020 Content of Interest 

We have made it easier for readers to access recently published content of interest to them this year by curating subject collections, Highlight article collections and HOT article collections:

 

2020 Highlight Collection

HOT articles

Crystal Growth

Nanomaterials

Coordination networks

Crystal engineering techniques

Supramolecular & Polymorphism

Database Analysis

 

Publishing Open Access in CrystEngComm – Read & Publish

Open access (OA) is shaping the future of scholarly publishing, and we are doing all we can to build an open future that works for everyone. This includes developing services that will help you – whether you’re the one publishing, the one reading, or the one managing the entire process – to make important research more easily available.

 

Read & Publish is an alternative to the traditional subscription model. It helps both authors and institutions gradually tip the balance of their publishing output towards open access, making the process easier and more financially viable. With a Read & Publish agreement in place at their institution, authors can publish gold OA in all hybrid Royal Society of Chemistry journals, and readers have access to every paper in our journal portfolio.

More information on Read & Publish is available here.

 

We would love you to be part of the exciting future of CrystEngComm so on behalf of the Chair of the Editorial Board, Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, we invite you to submit your research to CrystEngComm.

 

From all the CrystEngComm team, we thank you for your continued interest in and support of the journal and wish you a Happy New Year!

 

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The Cambridge Structural Database – A wealth of knowledge gained from a million structures, themed issue now online!

The latest CrystEngComm themed issue, The Cambridge Structural Database – A wealth of knowledge gained from a million structures is now online! Guest edited by Suzanna Ward, CCDC Head of Database, and Ghazala Sadiq, CCDC Senior Scientist, the issue highlights some of the many applications of the CSD in celebration of achieving one millionth crystal structure in 2019.

 

 

The collection features work by CrystEngComm Editorial Board Members Susan A. Bourne (University of Cape Town) and Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza (University of Manchester) and covers a diverse range of topics, including MOF design, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and data mining.

 

Read the news article on this special issue at the CCDC website, or check out some Open Access articles from the collection below:

 

Enabling efficient exploration of metal–organic frameworks in the Cambridge Structural Database

 

CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 7152-7161

10.1039/D0CE00299B

A tutorial review for mining the ever growing number of metal–organic frameworks data in the Cambridge Structural Database, for MOF scientists of all backgrounds.

 

Can solvated intermediates inform us about nucleation pathways? The case of β-pABA

 

CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 7447-7459

10.1039/D0CE00970A

Using crystallography to search for nucleation pathways: α and β polymorphs of p-aminobenzoic acid.

 

 

From structure to crystallisation and pharmaceutical manufacturing: the CSD in CMAC workflows

CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 7475-7489

10.1039/D0CE00898B

Two workflows are presented that are relevant to the design and construction of end-to-end pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

 

 

See the full collection here.

 

Submit your research or reviews on crystal engineering to CrystEngComm – 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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Read our Editors’ Collection: MOF based catalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction

We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles focusing on Metal Organic Framework based catalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction, handpicked by Editorial Board Member Professor Tong-Bu Lu, Tianjin University of Technology, China.

All of these articles are free to access until December 31st, 2020 and we hope you enjoy reading them.

We are pleased to invite you to submit your research to CrystEngComm and give your work the global visibility it deserves.

Submit your research now

Selected articles:

Covalently anchoring cobalt phthalocyanine on zeolitic imidazolate frameworks for efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction
Zhongjie Yang, Xiaofei Zhang, Chang Long, Shuhao Yan, Yanan Shi, Jianyu Han, Jing Zhang, Pengfei An, Lin Chang and Zhiyong Tang
CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 1619-1624.

Polymorphs of a copper coordination compound: interlinking active sites enhance the electrocatalytic activity of the coordination polymer compared to the coordination complex
Pandi Muthukumar, Mehboobali Pannipara, Abdullah G. Al-Sehemi, Dohyun Moon and Savarimuthu Philip Anthony
CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 425-429.

Understanding metal–organic frameworks for photocatalytic solar fuel production
J. G. Santaclara, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon and M. A. van der Veen
CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4118-4125.

Read the full collection here

Meet the Editor

Tong-Bu Lu was born in 1964. He graduated in Chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1993, and then moved to Sun Yat-Sen University as a Postdoc. joining the Faculty and then becoming Professor of Chemistry in 2000. He moved to Tianjing University of Technology in 2016. He worked as a postdoc. in F. Albert Cotton’s group at Texas A&M University in 1998 and 2002. His research interests focus on crystal engineering, including macrocyclic chemistry, MOFs and pharmaceutical polymorphs and co-crystals. He currently focuses on the study on homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction. He obtained the National Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Youth Scholar award in 2006. He has over 200 scientific publications and an h-index of 43. He is currently a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), is on the Editorial Board of CrystEngComm, the Editorial Advisory Board of Current Green Chemistry and Current Pharmaceutical Design and is a co-editor of Acta Crystallographica Section C.

 

 

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CrystEngComm 2020 publications in the field of Crystal Growth

We are pleased to let you know that we have collated all the articles published in CrystEngComm this year to date, in the field of Crystal Growth, into one collection. Please enjoy browsing the full collection here:

https://rsc.li/ce-crystalgrowth

A few select examples of the articles in this collection are shown below and are all free to access until September 30th 2020.

Chemical bath deposition of transparent ZnO films incorporated with erythrosine B molecules and their synergetic electro/photochromic properties
Ryousuke Yumiyama, Daiki Hyakutake, Manabu Hagiwara, Eiji Hosono, Hirofumi Matsuda and Shinobu Fujihara
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 2447-2453
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CE00167H
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
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CE00039F
New pronounced progress in the synthesis of group 5 polyoxometalates
Joanna Dopta, Lisa K. Mahnke and Wolfgang Bensch
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 3254-3268
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CE00315H
Tailoring the preferable orientation relationship and shape of α-FeSi2 nanocrystals on Si(001): the impact of gold and the Si/Fe flux ratio, and the origin of α/Si boundaries
Ivan A. Tarasov, Tatiana E. Smolyarova, Ivan V. Nemtsev, Ivan A. Yakovlev, Mikhail N. Volochaev, Leonid A. Solovyov, Sergey N. Varnakov and Sergey G. Ovchinnikov
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 3943-3955
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CE00399A
Recent experimental explorations of non-classical nucleation
Biao Jin, Zhaoming Liu and Ruikang Tang
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 4057-4073
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CE00480D

 

We would be delighted if you decided to submit your primary research  to CrystEngComm! – CrystEngComm is the forum for the design and understanding of crystalline materials. We welcome hypothesis driven studies on the exploration/investigation of molecular behaviour within crystals, the control of nucleation and crystal growth, the engineering of crystal structures, and the construction of crystalline materials with desired properties. 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 Winner at ACA 70th American Crystallographic Association

The ACA 70th American Crystallographic Association meeting took place virtually on Sunday, 2nd to Friday, 7th August 2020. This year’s annual meeting included a special COVID-19 session, plenary lectures from 2020 ACA Award winners, invited and contributed talks, poster presentations, and practical workshops.  The conference featured the latest research results and instructional presentations, across topics of interest to all scientists who need to understand the arrangement of atoms in matter. Scientists interested in molecular and materials structure, with specialties in biology, chemistry, geosciences, materials science and more participated to exchange scientific research findings and technique know-how.

CrystEngComm sponsored a poster prize and congratulations go to the winner David Villaman, Pontifica Universidad Catolica Valparaiso, Chile “Structural Studies of Manganese(III) Complex with Spin-Crossover and Thermochromic Properties”

Congratulations also go to the CrystEngComm Poster Prize Honorable Mention, Lana Hiscock, Wilfrid Laurier University, “Controlling π-Stacking Interactions in a Series of Novel Heteroacene Derivatives”

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