Adventures in crystal engineering

Tiekink, Edward R. T. * (2018) Adventures in crystal engineering. In: Great thinkers, great minds: Sunway University Professional Lecture Series. Sunway University Press, Sunway City, Malaysia, pp. 185-213. ISBN 978-967-13697-4-6

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Crystals are all around us and are aesthetically pleasing as they arise from the ordered, three-dimensional assembly of chemical species which can be minerals (e.g. salt), macromolecules (e.g. proteins) or smaller chemical species (e.g. drugs, natural products, coordination complexes, etc.). Scientists need to know the precise structure of all these materials in order to rationalise the way they work. To put it in another way, “structure determines function”. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography is the crucial technique behind the determination of crystal structure. Despite the prevalence and obvious importance of crystals, what remains an enormous challenge in contemporary science is to answer the fundamental question of “How do crystals form?”. The goal of crystal engineering is to control the way molecules self-assemble in the condensed phase and the present discussion relates to this topic, an on-going research programme undertaken at Sunway University.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Research Centre for Crystalline Materials moved to SMLS wef 2021
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 10:07

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