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Current Topics in Chemical Crystallography

This themed series assembles a selection of papers which present some of the current research efforts defining the subject of “Chemical Crystallography”.
Series Guest Editor, Michael Hursthouse shares his thoughts on how this area has developed:
Looking back to the late 60’s and early 70’s, and the start of my own independent career, it was clear that the young crystallographers of my generation, helped by some very skilled mentors and experts, were really at the forefront of what became a” Chemical Crystallography” revolution, with crystal structure analysis feeding back fundamental information into synthetic organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry research. Since that time, the integration of the two fundamental subjects of chemistry, in its broadest sense, and crystallography has created a focussed multidisciplinary area, aided and abetted by consistent and continuing technique and instrumental developments.

Editor: Prof Michael B Hursthouse


  1. In solid state structures of organic molecules, identical sets of H-bond donor and acceptor functions can result in a range of distinct H-bond connectivity modes. Specifically, competing H-bond structures (HBS...

    Authors: Thomas Gelbrich, Doris E. Braun and Ulrich J. Griesser

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2016 10:8

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The size and complexity of molecules being studied by single crystal diffraction is growing year by year, resulting in an increase in the difficulties encountered during structure determination. From the cryst...

    Authors: Pascal Parois, Richard I Cooper and Amber L Thompson

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2015 9:30

    Content type: Research Article

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  3. The response of molecular crystal structures to changes in externally applied conditions such as temperature and pressure are the result of a complex balance between strong intramolecular bonding, medium stren...

    Authors: Laura E Budd, Richard M Ibberson, William G Marshall and Simon Parsons

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2015 9:18

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Structural systematics is the comparison of sets of chemically related crystal structures with the aim to establish and describe relevant similarities and relationships. An important topic in this context is t...

    Authors: Michael B Hursthouse, David S Hughes, Thomas Gelbrich and Terence L Threlfall

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2015 9:1

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Derivatives of fulgides have been shown to have interesting photochromic properties. We have synthesised a number of such derivatives and have found, in some cases, that crystals can be made to change colour o...

    Authors: Abdullah M Asiri, Harry G Heller, David S Hughes, Michael B Hursthouse, John Kendrick, Frank JJ Leusen and Riccardo Montis

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:70

    Content type: Research article

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  6. This review reports on the application of charge density analysis in the field of crystal engineering, which is one of the most growing and productive areas of the entire field of crystallography.

    Authors: Anna Krawczuk and Piero Macchi

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:68

    Content type: Review

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