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Making crystals from crystals: a green route to crystal engineering and polymorphism

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Abstract

Supramolecular reactions between crystalline materials as well as reactions between a crystalline material and a vapour can be used to generate new crystalline substances. These solvent-free processes can be exploited to prepare both hydrogen-bonded co-crystals and coordination networks. Solid–vapour reactions do not differ from solid–vapour uptake/release processes, and can also be used to prepare polymorphs and solvates. It is argued that solvent-less reactions involving molecular crystals represent a green route to supramolecular solid-state chemistry and crystal engineering.

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Submitted
06 Apr 2005
Accepted
12 May 2005
First published
15 Jun 2005

Chem. Commun., 2005, 3635-3645
Article type
Feature Article

Making crystals from crystals: a green route to crystal engineering and polymorphism

D. Braga and F. Grepioni, Chem. Commun., 2005, 3635
DOI: 10.1039/B504668H

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