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Rahul Banerjee, new Associate Editor for CrystEngComm

We are delighted to announce that Dr Rahul Banerjee is now Associate Editor for CrystEngComm. Dr Banerjee joined the CrystEngComm Editorial Board earlier this year but as of 1st October, he will now be handling submissions for the journal.

Dr Banerjee is based at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India. His research interests focus on the synthesis and structural studies of metal-organic frameworks as well as their applications in storage, separation and adsorption.

Dr Banerjee comments “I’m very pleased to accept this position. It is indeed a job through which I believe I can serve the crystal engineering community even more”.

Some of Dr Banerjee’s recent CrystEngComm articles include:

Hydrogen bond directed honeycomb-like porous network structure of tris (bipyridyl-glycoluril)cobalt(III) chloride, CrystEngComm, 2011, 5289-5291.

Synthesis and structural comparisons of five new fluorinated metal organic frameworks (F-MOFs)CrystEngComm, 2010, 1600-1609 . 

Submit to Dr Rahul Banerjee today through our submission website.

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Advisory Board Member Lee Cronin wins Corday Morgan Prize

Lee Cronin is the Gardiner Professor of Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow and on the Advisory Board of CrystEngComm.

The RSC recognises outstanding members of the chemical science community through its wide range of awards, you can see the full list of RSC 2012 winners here.

Lee is recognized for his creative studies in the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically the self-assembly and self-organization of inorganic molecules and the engineering of complex systems leading to the emergence of system-level behaviours.

His award citation is for “his outstanding work on the self-assembly of inorganic molecules and the engineering of complex systems”. Congratulations Lee from all at CrystEngComm!

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Welcoming new Editorial Board member: Nicola Pinna

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Nicola Pinna to the CrystEngComm Editorial Board,

Professor Nicola Pinna, based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Seoul National University, Korea, has research interests in the area of nanostructured materials.  His research achievements include work to develop new synthetic approaches to allow a more generalized synthesis strategy to inorganic nanomaterials via a  ‘toolbox’ of well-known chemical reactions which can be used to prepare target nanoparticles using a sequence of predictable synthesis steps.

Nicola Pinna

Professor Nicola Pinna

Nicola  studied physical chemistry at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and received his Ph.D. in 2001. He then moved to the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and a year later, in 2003, moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, followed by a year at the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, as an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, in 2005. Since 2006 he has been a researcher at the University of Aveiro, and since 2009 has held a joint position at Seoul National University.

In 2011, Nicola Pinna was ranked among the top 100 materials scientists of the past decade by impact.

Find out more about Nicola’s research at his website and check out some of his recent papers below:

Weihua Di, Xinguang Ren, Naoto Shirahata, Chunxu Liu, Ligong Zhang, Yoshio Sakka and Nicola Pinna
CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 952-956, DOI: 10.1039/C0CE00153H
Seung-Ho Yu, Andrea Pucci, Tobias Herntrich, Marc-Georg Willinger, Seung-Hwan Baek, Yung-Eun Sung and Nicola Pinna
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 806-810 DOI: 10.1039/C0JM03064C
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IUCr Madrid 2011 – 22-30 August 2011

The triennial meetings of the International Union of Crystallography represent a highlight for crystallographers worldwide. This year , from the 22-30 August, the XXII International Congress and General Assembly of the IUCr will take place in beautiful Madrid, Spain. I will be there from 22-25 August on behalf of CrystEngComm – please do send me an email if you wish to arrange a meeting. The Chair of the CrystEngComm Editorial Board, Len MacGillivray and Associate Editor for the Americas, Christer Aakeroy will also be at this conference.

You can register for the meeting here and more information is available on the conference website. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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CrystEngComm issue 9: Host-Guest Chemistry and Fumio Toda

Check out CrystEngComm issue 9 available online now.

The issue is a themed issue entitled “Reactions in Molecular Solids and Host-Guest Systems” with guest editors Jerry L. Atwood and Leonard R. MacGillivray and is dedicated to the late Prof. Fumio Toda.

The outside cover article is a Communication by Kraig Wheeler et al., that describes enantiocontrolled solid-state photodimerisations via a chiral sulfonamidecinnamic acid.

Read the cover article:
Enantiocontrolled solid-state photodimerizations via a chiral sulfonamidecinnamic acid
Kraig A. Wheeler, Joshua D. Wiseman and Rebecca C. Grove
CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 3134-3137.



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Professor Shu-Hong Yu appointed as Associate Editor

From 1st May 2011, researchers working in the area of nanocrystals will have a new option for submitting their articles to CrystEngComm.

Professor Shu-Hong Yu, based at the University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei and the National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, China, has recently been appointed as a CrystEngComm Associate Editor, with his Editorial Office opening 1st May.

Associate Editor, Professor Shu-Hong Yu

Shu-Hong  studied chemistry at the Hefei University of Technology and received his first degree in 1988. He studied at the Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry (SRICI), and then moved to the University of Science and Technology of China, where he was awarded his PhD. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and was later awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (2001-2002) in the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, working with Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti and PD Habil Dr. Helmut Cölfen. He joined the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale (HFNL) in 2003.

Currently, he leads the Division of Nanomaterials & Chemistry, HFNL, and also is the acting Deputy Dean of the School of Chemistry & Materials, University of Science and Technology of China.

Shu-Hong’s research interests include bio-inspired synthesis and self-assembly of advanced inorganic materials; templated-directed organization of nanoparticles; novel inorganic synthesis; the synthesis of biominerals and their applications; and the optical, electronic, magnetic, and catalytic properties of low dimensional nanostructured materials.  Find out more about Shu-Hong’s research at his website and check out some of his recent papers below:

Confined crystallization of polycrystalline high-magnesium calcite from compact Mg-ACC precursor tablets and its biological implications

Jun Jiang, Min-Rui Gao, Yun-Hao Qiu, Guang-Sheng Wang, Lei Liu, Guo-Bin Cai and Shu-Hong Yu

CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 952-956, DOI: 10.1039/C0CE00153H

From (Cd2Se2)(pa) (pa = propylamine) hybrid precursors to various CdSe nanostructures: structural evolution and optical properties

Hong-Bin Yao, Xiao Zhang, Xiao-Han Wang, Shu-Hong Yu and Jing Li

Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 3191-3197, DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01351J

Mineralization of calcite ribbons on an Allium fistulosum L. bulb inner membrane in an ethanol–water mixed solvent under control of polyacrylic acid by a double diffusion method

Lei Liu, Bo Hu, Shao-Feng Chen, Shu-Juan Liu, Jun Jiang, Guo-Bin Cai and Shu-Hong Yu

CrystEngComm, 2010, 12, 3593-3598, DOI: 10.1039/C002697B

Controlled crystallization of hierarchical and porous calcium carbonate crystals using polypeptide type block copolymer as crystal growth modifier in a mixed solution

Xiaohui Guo, Lei Liu, Wanv Wang, Ji Zhang, Yaoyu Wang and Shu-Hong Yu

CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 2054-2061, DOI: 10.1039/C0CE00202J

Hierarchical assembly of micro-/nano-building blocks: bio-inspired rigid structural functional materials

Hong-Bin Yao, Hai-Yu Fang, Xiao-Han Wang and Shu-Hong Yu

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00121J

Shu-Hong joins the journal’s two existing Associate Editors, Professor Christer Aakeroy based at Kansas State University, USA and Professor Song Gao at Peking University, China.

Articles for consideration by Shu-Hong Yu can be submitted here.

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IUPAC Survey: Coordination polymer/MOF nomenclature

The IUPAC task group on “Coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks: terminology and nomenclature guidelines” invite you to take part in this questionnaire on CP/MOF terminology. Click to enter the questionnaire.

The field of coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks research has expanded rapidly in the last 15 years. Currently naming of the networks obtained and terminology practices are not consistent among research groups, sometimes causing confusion and unnecessary conflicts.

This IUPAC project aims to create a glossary of terms and nomenclature in the area of coordination polymers and they need your input! More information about this project can be found on the group’s IUPAC website here.

Comments are also invited directly to the group’s chairman Lars Öhrström.

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Professor Song Gao – a new Associate Editor for CrystEngComm

I am delighted to announce that CrystEngComm has a new Associate Editor, Professor Song Gao from Peking University, China.

Song Gao is a Cheung Kong Professor, Dean of the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University, Deputy Director of Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Song has been a member of the CrystEngComm Editorial Board for the last three years in his previous role as Regional Associate Editor for China. He will be delighted to receive your papers in his new role as Associate Editor. Submit a manuscript to Song.

 Song’s research interests are magnetic ordered coordination polymers, molecular nanomagnets, molecular and crystal engineering, and multifunctional molecular materials. You can find out more about Professor Gao and his research into the mysterious world of molecular magnetism on his website


To celebrate Song’s appointment we have made some of his recent CrystEngComm articles FREE to read until the 22nd December! Hurry, find out more about his latest research now:

M2(N3)4(hmt)(H2O) (M = Co2+ and Ni2+, hmt = hexamethylenetetramine): mixed azide-hmt bridged 3D metal frameworks with long-range magnetic ordering
Ru-Yin Li, Zhe-Ming Wang and Song Gao
CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 2096-2101 DOI: 10.1039/B906694M, Paper 

Four 2D metal–organic networks incorporating Cd-cluster SUBs: hydrothermal synthesis, structures and photoluminescent properties
Shuangquan Zang, Yang Su, Yi-Zhi Li, Jianguo Lin, Xianying Duan, Qingjin Meng and Song Gao
CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 122-129 DOI: 10.1039/B806899B, Paper

Transition metal coordination frameworks with bridges of 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane-N,N′-dioxide incorporating anions of different size
Hao-Ling Sun, Zhe-Ming Wang, Song Gao and Stuart R. Batten
CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1796-1802 DOI: 10.1039/B810245G, Paper

Three-dimensional metal–organic frameworks constructed from bix and 1,2,4-benzenetricarboxylate
Jing Yao, Zhen-Da Lu, Yi-Zhi Li, Jian-Guo Lin, Xian-Ying Duan, Song Gao, Qing-Jin Meng and Chang-Sheng Lu
CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1379-1383 DOI: 10.1039/B805263H, Paper

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Defining the Halogen Bond – IUPAC task group need your input!

How would you define a Halogen Bond?

CrystEngComm authors Pierangelo Metrangolo and Giuseppe Resnati are chairing an IUPAC task group looking at the classification of halogen bonds.

The task group’s objective is to give a modern definition of halogen bonding, which takes into account all current experimental and theoretical pieces of information on both gaseous and condensed halogen-bonded systems in chemical and biological systems.

The group intend the whole community of researchers dealing with the study and use of intermolecular interactions to be involved in this Project. A dedicated web-site has been set-up as a public discussion forum for consideration of public comments. The Project will be featured in major meetings relevant to related fields, in particular at the XXII General Assembly and Congress of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) to be held in Madrid, Spain, in 22–29 August 2011. In the second year of the Project, an international symposium open to the public will be organized, for consideration of public comments, presentation, and dissemination of results.

Just before the IUCr Madrid Congress, and a satellite event to it, an international workshop open to the public will be organized in Sigüenza, Guadalajara (August 20-21), for consideration of public comments, presentation, and dissemination of results. For more info contact the scientific secretariat serena.biella@polimi.it or gabriella.cavallo@polimi.it.

The group membership includes Professor Gautam Desiraju (Bangalore, India), founding Editorial Board member, and current Advisory Board member of CrystEngComm and Kari Rissanen (Jyväskylä, Finland), former Advisory Board member of CrystEngComm.

The task group need your input and so we invite you post a comment below to join the discussion and give us your opinion on the definition of a halogen bond.

Follow the links below to read CrystEngComm Highlights with a focus on halogen bonding:

Halogen bonded supramolecular complexes and networks
Kari Rissanen
CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1107-1113    DOI: 10.1039/B803329N

Combining metals with halogen bonds
Lee Brammer, Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas and Stefano Libri
CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1712-1727

Anion coordination and anion-templated assembly under halogen bonding control
Pierangelo Metrangolo, Tullio Pilati, Giancarlo Terraneo, Serena Biella and Giuseppe Resnati
CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 1187-1196    DOI: 10.1039/B821300C

   

  

Or read a recent CrystEngComm interview with Task Group Chair Pierangelo Metrangolo here.

 

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Interview: Keiichiro Ogawa talks to CrystEngComm

Keiichiro Ogawa talks to CrystEngComm about his love of opera and colours in organic crystals
 

Keiichiro Ogawa is a professor of chemistry at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan. His research is aimed at the understanding and control of the dynamic behaviour of organic compounds and other molecular assemblies in crystals. Keiichiro was awarded the Crystallographic Society Japan Award in 1997 and recently a Chemical Society of Japan Contribution Award in 2007. He is a member of the CrystEngComm Advisory Board. 

Why did you to become a scientist?

Having grown up in a family of three generations of scientists, I have wanted to be a scientist since boyhood. In particular, I was intrigued by science because it unravels the mysteries of the universe, and leads to technologies that contribute to our wellbeing.
 

What projects are you working on at the moment?

My group is working on solid-state reactions in organic crystals, particularly those related with color-changing phenomena, i.e., photochromism and thermochromism.
 

What do you think will be the next big breakthrough in your field?

Such a prediction is difficult but it will probably be the emergence of completely new methods for measuring these phenomena. If this happens it could provide totally a new insights into the world of matter, as brought about by the arrival of the analytical techniques in X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy.
 

How do you think crystal engineering will develop in the next five years?

As methodologies for detection of minor products are refined, organic solid state reaction mechanisms should become better understood. This will give us much a more comprehensive picture of what happens in a sequence of solid-state reactions.
 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

The excitement of presenting new findings and/or interpretations to an appreciative and expert audience!  
 

 

What is the secret to a successful research group?

Good people and good projects are the most essential components for successful scientific research. I’ve been fortunate in having an excellent research colleague, very good students and some challenging research topics. 

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am particularly proud at having found that an apparent shortening of the central bond of stilbene-type molecules is caused by the torsional vibrations in crystals (K. Ogawa et al., JACS, 1992, 114, 1041). This finding led to the discovery of a more prominent molecular motion, i.e., pedal motion in crystals (J. Harada and K. Ogawa, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 2244.).
 

What advice would you give to a young scientist?

Young scientists must understand their principal research topic as deeply as possible, while being aware of the broader thrust of the field. The wider view can often provide insights into the subject you are most interested in. 

What would you do if you weren’t a scientist?

My hobby is opera singing and my dream would be to be a professional singer, though I know I don’t have sufficient talent to start this career. Music can move one’s heart instantly, even within a second. Science can also do this, though not so quickly as in music. The important thing for me is that they both give joy.
 

What is your favourite place to be?

If I must live and work in one place, it would definitely be Tokyo. I have lived in Tokyo since my birth and I find it a vibrant, safe, and beautiful city. I like to visit other places, particularly in foreign countries, but I always enjoy returning home.
 

More about Keiichiro on his webpage at the University of Tokyo. 

Read some of Keiichiro’s research in the following CrystEngComm articles: 

Crystalline-state conformational change of β-nitrostyrenes and its freezing at low temperature
Jun Harada, Mayuko Harakawa and Keiichiro Ogawa
CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 638-642 DOI: 10.1039/B815869J
 
Single crystal cis–trans photoisomerizations of 2-(9-anthrylmethylene)-1-indanones
Jun Harada, Mayuko Harakawa, Shingo Sugiyama and Keiichiro Ogawa
CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 1235-1239 DOI: 10.1039/B821900A
 
Conformational change of all-trans-1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene in two crystalline forms
Jun Harada, Mayuko Harakawa and Keiichiro Ogawa
CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1777-1781 DOI: 10.1039/B811220G
 

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