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Developments in inorganic crystal engineering

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The design and synthesis of crystalline materials through the self-assembly of molecular building blocks and the pursuit of functional materials based upon this approach are usually classified under the banner Crystal Engineering. The field is interdisciplinary in nature involving synthetic, materials, structural and theoretical chemists. There are strong ties to modern crystallography which can offer rapid and accurate structure determination and, in particular, insight into molecular and intermolecular geometries. Illustrative examples that chart the development field and provide an assessment of the current state of the art will be reviewed with an emphasis on inorganic chemistry. Broadly speaking, two classes of compounds will be discussed: those based upon molecules or ions linked into networks via noncovalent interactions and those (coordination polymers) in which metal centres are linked using coordination bonds through bridging ligands into extended networks.

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06 Jul 2004
First published
24 Sep 2004

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004,33, 476-489
Article type
Tutorial Review

Developments in inorganic crystal engineering

L. Brammer, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004, 33, 476
DOI: 10.1039/B313412C

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