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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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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

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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”.

 

 

 

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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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