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

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Abstract

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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Submitted
24 Aug 2017
Accepted
29 Oct 2017
First published
30 Oct 2017

Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 15979-15986
Article type
Perspective

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

W. J. Gee, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 15979
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03136J

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