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The growing importance of crystalline molecular flasks and the crystalline sponge method

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This article showcases recent advancements made using crystalline molecular flasks and the widening list of prospective applications for the crystalline sponge method. This expansion has coincided with an increasing number of materials termed crystalline sponges, and a report of a predictive means of identifying candidates from crystallographic databases. The crystalline sponge method's primary application has been determination of absolute configuration, and this has evolved from the analysis of carefully chosen planar aromatic guests to more diverse identification of natural products, biological metabolites, and analysis of volatile chemical components. However with time-resolved X-ray crystallography providing arguably the most informative atomic scale insights of dynamic chemical processes, this application of the crystalline sponge method may soon eclipse structural determination in terms of importance.

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2017, accepted on 29 Oct 2017 and first published on 30 Oct 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03136J
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article
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    The growing importance of crystalline molecular flasks and the crystalline sponge method

    W. J. Gee, Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03136J

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