On the predictability of supramolecular interactions in molecular cocrystals – the view from the bench†
A series of theophylline cocrystals involving fluorobenzoic acids was prepared and structurally characterised. The cocrystals display compositions and hydrogen-bond patterns that could not be predicted based on extensive literature/database surveys and the use of other tools. The study demonstrates that – without the use of first-principles crystal structure prediction methods – it is still remarkably difficult to predict and understand the outcomes of cocrystallisation attempts involving small and rigid molecules.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2016 New talent