Host‒Guest chemistry: in honour of Luigi Nassimbeni’s 9th decade

The latest CrystEngComm themed collection, HostGuest chemistry: in honour of Luigi Nassimbeni’s 9th decade is now online! Guest edited by Associate Editor, Professor Susan Bourne, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Professor Len Barbour, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Professor Nikoletta Bathori, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, this collection aims to pay tribute to the remarkable achievements of Luigi Nassimbeni as he enters his 9th decade, and to celebrate him as an esteemed mentor, whose ideas and advancement of host-guest chemistry live on in successive generations of supramolecular chemists.

Host-guest chemistry has developed into a broad and exciting field of study, expanding rapidly from its early beginnings in the 1980s. From the study of inclusion compounds, this area of endeavour has evolved to encompass polymorphism, solid-state reactivity, multicomponent crystals, and mechanochemistry, with applications in separation, catalysis, chemical sensors and nanotechnology.

Luigi Nassimbeni has been highly influential in the development of this field, from early studies on hydrogen-bonded synthons, to advances in the separation of closely related organic compounds. Over the years, Luigi Nassimbeni has mentored many students who have gone on to establish their own independent careers in the field. He has played a significant role in the development of solid-state chemistry in South Africa, particularly with regard to X-ray diffraction, and through his early application of thermal analysis to the study of inclusion compounds. He was ahead of his time when he proposed, during the 1980’s, that it might be possible to activate some molecular crystals to yield porous structures for guest inclusion. This collection highlights his recent publications in CrystEngComm, as well as other recent articles on the topic of host-guest chemstry, along with new submissions from colleagues around the world.

See the full collection here

If you have primary research in the area of HostGuest chemistry ready for publication submit 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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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 19 November 2021! This collection represents the top 10% of research published in CrystEngComm between July – September 2021.

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

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Editor’s Collection: Imperfect nanocrystals for perfect catalysis

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We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles focusing on Imperfect nanocrystals for perfect catalysis handpicked by Associate Editor, Kwangyeol Lee, Korea University, Korea.

Vacancies, dopants, and defects are synonymous with imperfect atom ordering in crystalline materials. While dopants have been extensively exploited to fine-tune the material properties of semiconductors, the relevance of atom vacancies and defects to the activity and stability of nanoparticle-based catalysts has been recognized only recently. Intentional disturbance in the atom ordering in nanocatalysts has led to the development of nanocatalysts with exceptional catalytic activity and stability. However, the ability for controlled introduction of defects and vacancies to the desired locations and amounts, while maintaining the nanoparticle material phase is only at the fledgling stage, not to mention our understanding of the true origin of the superb catalytic performance of them. This selection of articles would point to the importance of imperfect nanocrystals to the development of perfect nanocatalysts.

These articles are all free to access until September 30th, 2021 and we hope you enjoy reading them.

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

 

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Selected articles:

Recent advances in transition metal based compound catalysts for water splitting from the perspective of crystal engineering
Min Ju, Xiaoting Wang, Xia Long and Shihe Yang
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 1531-1540
Cu-Deficient plasmonic Cu2−xS nanocrystals induced tunable photocatalytic activities
Xiao Shao, Tianyong Zhang, Bin Li, Yue Wu, Xiaoyuan Ma, Jingchao Wang and Shuang Jiang
CrystEngComm, 2020,22, 678-685
Few-layered CuInP2S6 nanosheet with sulfur vacancy boosting photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Peng Yu, Fengmei Wang, Jun Meng, Tofik Ahmed Shifa, Marshet Getaye Sendeku, Ju Fang, Shuxian Li, Zhongzhou Cheng, Xiaoding Lou and Jun He
CrystEngComm, 2021,23, 591-598

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Meet the Editor

Kwangyeol Lee is Professor of chemistry at Korea University.  He graduated from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1992) and obtained a PhD degree (1997) in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign under the supervision of Professor John R. Shapley. After fulfilling his Korean military obligations he joined Korea University in 2003 as an Assistant Professor. During his independent research career, he has studied nanocrystal growth, phase conversions in nanoscale as well as nanoparticle applications. He has contributed over 180 papers to the fields of Organometallic Chemistry and Nanochemistry. 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).

 

 

About CrystEngComm

Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and with a truly international Editorial Board, CrystEngComm is the forum for the design and understanding of crystalline materials. We welcome studies on the investigation of molecular behaviour within crystals, control of nucleation and crystal growth, engineering of crystal structures, and construction of crystalline materials with tuneable properties and functions.

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Editor’s Collection: Halogen Bonding in Crystal Engineering

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We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles focusing on Halogen Bonding in Crystal Engineering, handpicked by Chair of the Editorial Board, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

The halogen bond is the attractive interaction between an electrophilic region associated with a halogen atom in a molecular entity and a nucleophilic region in another, or the same, molecular entity. Since its rediscovery in the early 2000s, the field of halogen bonding has boomed, becoming one of the most used chemical interactions in crystal engineering. This Editor’s collection highlights recent contributions to CrystEngComm that are broadly focused on halogen bonding in crystal engineering. The selection of articles showcases how the field has developed from the design of crystal structures to the development of functional materials. The wide range of halogen bond applications covers phosphorescent materials, pharmaceutical co-crystals and peptides, organic electronics, coordination frameworks, where the halogen bonds either drive the formation of the network, or stabilize it as a secondary interaction, or is used to bind hosted guests. Halogen bonding has become a mature field of research but its rediscovery has sparked interest towards other lesser known interactions, which are anticipated to become more prominent in the future, such as chalcogen, pnictogen, and tetrel bonds.

All of these articles are free to access until June 30th 2021 and we hope you enjoy reading them.

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

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Selected articles: 

Halogen bonded metal bis(dithiolene) 2D frameworks
Hadi Hachem, Olivier Jeannin, Marc Fourmigué, Frédéric Barrière and Dominique Lorcy
CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 3579-3587
Two-dimensional halogen-bonded organic frameworks based on the tetrabromobenzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid building molecule
Nucharee Chongboriboon, Kodchakorn Samakun, Thitirat Inprasit, Filip Kielar, Winya Dungkaew, Lawrence W.-Y. Wong, Herman H.-Y. Sung, Dragan B. Ninković, Snežana D. Zarić and Kittipong Chainok
CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 24-34
Halogen bonding in 5-iodo-1-arylpyrazoles investigated in the solid state and predicted by solution 13C-NMR spectroscopy
Marcel Mirel Popa, Isabela Costinela Man, Constantin Draghici, Sergiu Shova, Mino R. Caira, Florea Dumitrascu and Denisa Dumitrescu
CrystEngComm, 2019, 7085-7093

Read the full collection here

Meet the Editor

Pierangelo Metrangolo (Lecce, 16 April 1972) has been a full Professor at the Politecnico di Milano since 2011. He also holds a part-time position at the VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland and from 2015 has been a visiting professor at the Aalto University, Finland. He is co-editor of Acta Crystallographica, section B and is Chair of the Editorial Board of CrystEngComm and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Crystal Growth and Design.

He is author of 185 publications with 9266 citations (h-index: 49), 10 chapters in international books and holds 11 patents. He has given 45 invited lectures at national and international meetings and 26 invited seminars at universities and research institutes. He is currently Titular Member of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division of the IUPAC. Since 2013 he is the holder of a European Research Council grant to carry with the project “FOLDHALO – Folding with Halogen Bonding”.

 

 

 

About CrystEngComm

Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and with a truly international Editorial Board, CrystEngComm is the forum for the design and understanding of crystalline materials. We welcome studies on the investigation of molecular behaviour within crystals, control of nucleation and crystal growth, engineering of crystal structures, and construction of crystalline materials with tuneable properties and functions.

To keep up to date with the latest articles and other journal news, sign up to the e-alerts.

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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

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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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