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Themed collection 2016 New talent

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Editorial

2016 New talent: crystal engineering at its biggest and strongest

Welcome to the 2016 New talent issue of CrystEngComm.

Graphical abstract: 2016 New talent: crystal engineering at its biggest and strongest
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Inorganic and organic hybrid solid electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries

Two inorganic–organic hybrid solid electrolyte systems for lithium-ion batteries are described: polymer electrolytes with inorganic fillers and metal–organic framework-based solid electrolytes.

Graphical abstract: Inorganic and organic hybrid solid electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Smart, stretchable and wearable supercapacitors: prospects and challenges

Flexible supercapacitors are attracting increasing attention due to their promising applications as storage units in smart and portable electronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Smart, stretchable and wearable supercapacitors: prospects and challenges
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All-thiolate-protected silver and silver-rich alloy nanoclusters with atomic precision: stable sizes, structural characterization and optical properties

The stable sizes, structural characterization and optical properties of all-thiolate-protected silver and silver-rich alloy nanoclusters with atomic precision are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: All-thiolate-protected silver and silver-rich alloy nanoclusters with atomic precision: stable sizes, structural characterization and optical properties
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Highlight

Photoswitchable metal organic frameworks: turn on the lights and close the windows

Progress and challenges in the development of photo-responsive metal organic frameworks.

Graphical abstract: Photoswitchable metal organic frameworks: turn on the lights and close the windows
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Highlight

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) bring new life to hydrogen-bonding organocatalysts in confined spaces

Immobilization of hydrogen-bonding organocatalysts on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) provides a promising alternative to overcome the self-quenching limitations of these catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) bring new life to hydrogen-bonding organocatalysts in confined spaces
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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2D layered group IIIA metal chalcogenides: synthesis, properties and applications in electronics and optoelectronics

Two-dimensional group IIIA metal chalcogenides have promising potential in applications such as nano-electronics and optoelectronics as well as flexible devices.

Graphical abstract: 2D layered group IIIA metal chalcogenides: synthesis, properties and applications in electronics and optoelectronics
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Communication

On the predictability of supramolecular interactions in molecular cocrystals – the view from the bench

A series of cocrystals involving theophylline and fluorobenzoic acids highlights the difficulty of predicting supramolecular interactions in molecular crystals.

Graphical abstract: On the predictability of supramolecular interactions in molecular cocrystals – the view from the bench
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Communication

Anion-templated 2D frameworks from hexahydroxytriphenylene

Hexahydroxytriphenylene (HHTP) forms novel anion templated materials through O–H⋯anion hydrogen bonding.

Graphical abstract: Anion-templated 2D frameworks from hexahydroxytriphenylene
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

C–C coupling over Schiff base condensation: a rational design strategy for a strongly fluorescent molecular material

Two aesthetically appealing molecules were synthesized employing pyrido[1,2-a]indole and tetraphenylethylene. The C–C coupled product showed strong emission in solution, nanoparticles and solid state compared to the weak emission exhibited by the Schiff base condensation product.

Graphical abstract: C–C coupling over Schiff base condensation: a rational design strategy for a strongly fluorescent molecular material
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Supramolecular ordering of difuryldiketopyrrolopyrrole: the effect of alkyl chains and inter-ring twisting

Combined XRD, STM and DFT studies reveal the details of supramolecular ordering of difuryldiketopyrrolopyrrole in monolayers and 3D crystals.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular ordering of difuryldiketopyrrolopyrrole: the effect of alkyl chains and inter-ring twisting
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Homochiral crystal generation via sequential dehydration and Viedma ripening

Asymmetric amplification of conglomerate crystals formed via the dehydration of initially achiral crystals was achieved using Viedma ripening.

Graphical abstract: Homochiral crystal generation via sequential dehydration and Viedma ripening
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

An organic–inorganic hybrid supramolecular framework material based on a [P2W18O62]6− cluster and Yb & Na complexes of pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid: a catalyst for selective oxidation of sulfides in water with H2O2

Synthesis and green catalytic activity of a Yb-contained polyoxometalate organic hybrid framework is described.

Graphical abstract: An organic–inorganic hybrid supramolecular framework material based on a [P2W18O62]6− cluster and Yb & Na complexes of pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid: a catalyst for selective oxidation of sulfides in water with H2O2
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

A new azodioxy-linked porphyrin-based semiconductive covalent organic framework with I2 doping-enhanced photoconductivity

A homogeneous solution phase reaction was employed to synthesize an azodioxy-linked porphyrin-based semiconductive covalent organic framework (COF), namely POR-COF. The iodine-doped POR-COF shows a significantly enhanced photoconductive behavior.

Graphical abstract: A new azodioxy-linked porphyrin-based semiconductive covalent organic framework with I2 doping-enhanced photoconductivity
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Communication

Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles

Biomimetic mineralization of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) exploits the use of biomolecules to control MOF crystallization processes.

Graphical abstract: Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

A lanthanide(III) metal–organic framework exhibiting ratiometric luminescent temperature sensing and tunable white light emission

New lanthanide(III) metal–organic frameworks are constructed and exhibit a good linear relationship with respect to the temperature range of 75–250 K. White light emission can be realized by varying the excitation wavelength of Eu0.0748Tb0.9252L.

Graphical abstract: A lanthanide(iii) metal–organic framework exhibiting ratiometric luminescent temperature sensing and tunable white light emission
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Facile synthesis of an organically-derivatized hexavanadate containing the remote amino group, TBA2[V6O13{(OCH2)3CNH2}2]

An effective synthetic strategy for the amino-containing organic derivative of hexavanadate, TBA2[V6O13{(OCH2)3CNH2}2], is presented.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of an organically-derivatized hexavanadate containing the remote amino group, TBA2[V6O13{(OCH2)3CNH2}2]
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Templating synthesis of ternary PtPdTe nanowires with tunable diameter for methanol electrooxidation

PtPdTe ternary nanowires with controllable diameter can be constructed using tellurium nanowires as templates for methanol electrooxidation.

Graphical abstract: Templating synthesis of ternary PtPdTe nanowires with tunable diameter for methanol electrooxidation
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Luminescent nanoprobes based on upconversion nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanohorns or graphene oxide for detection of Pb2+ ion

Two kinds of luminescent “turn-on” nanoprobes were developed for detecting Pb2+ ions based on luminescence resonance energy transfer between upconversion nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanohorns or graphene oxide.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent nanoprobes based on upconversion nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanohorns or graphene oxide for detection of Pb2+ ion
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

A facile strategy for the synthesis of branched Pt–Pd–M (M = Co, Ni) trimetallic nanocrystals

Pt-based branched nanocrystals (NCs) have attracted much attention because of their unique properties.

Graphical abstract: A facile strategy for the synthesis of branched Pt–Pd–M (M = Co, Ni) trimetallic nanocrystals
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Communication

Control of interpenetration of copper-based MOFs on supported surfaces by electrochemical synthesis

A study of a copper-based metal–organic framework (MOF) synthesized by an electrochemical route is presented.

Graphical abstract: Control of interpenetration of copper-based MOFs on supported surfaces by electrochemical synthesis
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Communication

Graphene oxide-templated preferential growth of continuous MOF thin films

A graphene oxide film was used as an interfacial template for the preferential growth of continuous HKUST-1 films on a solid substrate.

Graphical abstract: Graphene oxide-templated preferential growth of continuous MOF thin films
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

Janus head type lone pair–π–lone pair and S⋯F⋯S interactions in retaining hexafluorobenzene

Unprecedented Janus head type lp⋯π⋯lp and S⋯F⋯S motifs were observed between tris-arylthiotriazine and hexafluorobenzene.

Graphical abstract: Janus head type lone pair–π–lone pair and S⋯F⋯S interactions in retaining hexafluorobenzene
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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On the electrochemical encounter between sodium and mesoporous anatase TiO2 as a Na-ion electrode

Mesoporous anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) is prepared by an easily up-scalable synthesis protocol, using relatively inexpensive precursors. Operando electrochemical X-ray diffraction and Raman studies of TiO2/Na half-cells are presented and discussed.

Graphical abstract: On the electrochemical encounter between sodium and mesoporous anatase TiO2 as a Na-ion electrode
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Two solvent-stable MOFs as a recyclable luminescent probe for detecting dichromate or chromate anions

Two unique 2D Zn-MOFs with high thermo-stability, solvent-stability and pH-stability can efficiently and selectively detect Cr2O72−/CrO42− among twenty-one anions. Importantly, they can be regenerated by a simple and rapid method in detecting Cr2O72−/CrO42−.

Graphical abstract: Two solvent-stable MOFs as a recyclable luminescent probe for detecting dichromate or chromate anions
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

Energy barriers and mechanisms in solid–solid polymorphic transitions exhibiting cooperative motion

The cooperative behaviour at the molecular scale of the β → α polymorphic transition of DL-norleucine is studied with different computational approaches.

Graphical abstract: Energy barriers and mechanisms in solid–solid polymorphic transitions exhibiting cooperative motion
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Synthesis of microporous/mesoporous core–shell materials with crystalline zeolitic shell and supported metal oxide silica core

Engineered silica@zeolite core–shell composites, possessing a hierarchical porosity in a shape selective manner, were synthesised by deposition of silicalite-1 nanocrystals over various mesoporous silica spheres, in either pure form or loaded with metal guest species.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of microporous/mesoporous core–shell materials with crystalline zeolitic shell and supported metal oxide silica core
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Selective CO2 adsorption in four zinc(II)-based metal organic frameworks constructed using a rigid N,N′-donor linker and various dicarboxylate ligands

Four new Zn(II)-based metal organic frameworks have been synthesized and their adsorption abilities explored towards selective CO2 capture at different temperatures.

Graphical abstract: Selective CO2 adsorption in four zinc(ii)-based metal organic frameworks constructed using a rigid N,N′-donor linker and various dicarboxylate ligands
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

Serpentine polymorphism: a quantitative insight from first-principles calculations

Ab initio calculations measure strain energy, curling and lattice misfit of single-walled chrysotile nanotubes.

Graphical abstract: Serpentine polymorphism: a quantitative insight from first-principles calculations
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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A self-powered photodetector based on a CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal with asymmetric electrodes

By employing asymmetric Au–Al electrodes, we reported a self-powered Schottky junction photodetector based on a MAPbI3 single crystal.

Graphical abstract: A self-powered photodetector based on a CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal with asymmetric electrodes
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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A series of dinuclear cuprous iodide complexes chelated with 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene derivatives: structural, photophysical and thermal properties

Three new bisphosphine ligands, Ph-dppd, Pr-dppb, and OMe-dppb, were synthesized to coordinate with cuprous iodide (CuI), and compared with dppb.

Graphical abstract: A series of dinuclear cuprous iodide complexes chelated with 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene derivatives: structural, photophysical and thermal properties
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

From benzodithiophene to diethoxy-benzodithiophene covalent organic frameworks – structural investigations

The incorporation of side groups into a covalent organic framework (COF) backbone can be of significant importance for developing new frameworks with enhanced properties.

Graphical abstract: From benzodithiophene to diethoxy-benzodithiophene covalent organic frameworks – structural investigations
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Cerium-based azide- and nitro-functionalized UiO-66 frameworks as turn-on fluorescent probes for the sensing of hydrogen sulphide

Cerium-based azide- and nitro-functionalized UiO-66 MOFs have been employed as turn-on fluorescent probes towards the detection of H2S under physiological conditions.

Graphical abstract: Cerium-based azide- and nitro-functionalized UiO-66 frameworks as turn-on fluorescent probes for the sensing of hydrogen sulphide
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Synthesis and optoelectronic properties of oxadiazole coordinated boron complexes

Two novel boron complexes were synthesized and investigated. And these two complexes showed their potential application in organic light-emitting diodes because of their deep blue emitting and excellent electron transporting properties.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and optoelectronic properties of oxadiazole coordinated boron complexes
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Rods, helices and spherulites: diverse self-assembled architectures from L-phenylalanine derivatives

L-Phenylalanine derivatives produce a variety of self-assembled architectures, and a doxorubicin entrapping hydrogel.

Graphical abstract: Rods, helices and spherulites: diverse self-assembled architectures from l-phenylalanine derivatives
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

Exploration of MOF nanoparticle sizes using various physical characterization methods – is what you measure what you get?

To shed light on the concept of nanoparticle size, spherical Zr-fum MOF nanoparticles were studied using various complementary size-determination tools.

Graphical abstract: Exploration of MOF nanoparticle sizes using various physical characterization methods – is what you measure what you get?
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Two- and three-dimensional Zn(II) coordination polymers constructed from mixed ligand systems: interpenetration, structural transformation and sensing behavior

Four Zn(II) coordination compounds were prepared solvothermally by reacting Zn2+ ion and mixed organic linkers.

Graphical abstract: Two- and three-dimensional Zn(ii) coordination polymers constructed from mixed ligand systems: interpenetration, structural transformation and sensing behavior
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Photosensitized samarium(III) and erbium(III) complexes of planar N,N-donor heterocyclic bases: crystal structures and evaluation of biological activity

A series of Sm(III) and Er(III) complexes of N,N-donor heterocyclic bases were studied for their crystal structures, luminescence properties, binding with biomolecules and photo-induced DNA damage activity.

Graphical abstract: Photosensitized samarium(iii) and erbium(iii) complexes of planar N,N-donor heterocyclic bases: crystal structures and evaluation of biological activity
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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A facile biliquid-interface co-assembly synthesis of mesoporous vesicles with large pore sizes

A facile and cost-efficient biliquid-interface co-assembly method has been demonstrated for the synthesis of novel mesoporous siliceous vesicles with an ultrathin wall, large void, large pore size and excellent biocompatibility using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as the template.

Graphical abstract: A facile biliquid-interface co-assembly synthesis of mesoporous vesicles with large pore sizes
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Synthesis, structures and luminescence properties of 3d–4f heterometallic–organic frameworks (HMOFs) constructed from different copper halide clusters

Four 3d–4f heterometallic–organic frameworks (HMOFs) constructed from different copper halide clusters display interesting structural features.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structures and luminescence properties of 3d–4f heterometallic–organic frameworks (HMOFs) constructed from different copper halide clusters
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Structural variation of transition metal coordination polymers based on bent carboxylate and flexible spacer ligand: polymorphism, gas adsorption and SC-SC transmetallation

Seven new coordination polymers have been synthesized and characterized by EA, IR, TGA, PXRD and SC-XRD. Polymorphism, SC-SC transmetallation and gas sorption properties have been studied.

Graphical abstract: Structural variation of transition metal coordination polymers based on bent carboxylate and flexible spacer ligand: polymorphism, gas adsorption and SC-SC transmetallation
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Discovering connections between terahertz vibrations and elasticity underpinning the collective dynamics of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework

We employed a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques to study the metal–organic framework (MOF)-mechanics central to the paddle-wheel Cu3(BTC)2 porous structure, commonly designated as HKUST-1.

Graphical abstract: Discovering connections between terahertz vibrations and elasticity underpinning the collective dynamics of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
Open Access Paper

Raising the (metastable) bar: 100% photo-switching in [Pd(Bu4dien)(η1-[N with combining low line]O2)]+ approaches ambient temperature

Rapid, fully-reversible photo-switching is observed under near-ambient conditions for the first time in crystals of a novel palladium–nitrite linkage isomer.

Graphical abstract: Raising the (metastable) bar: 100% photo-switching in [Pd(Bu4dien)(η1- [[N with combining low line]] O2)]+ approaches ambient temperature
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Two-step synthesis of heterometallic coordination polymers using a polyazamacrocyclic linker

A new polyazamacrocyclic ligand for the rational design of heterometallic coordination polymers through a two-step approach is presented.

Graphical abstract: Two-step synthesis of heterometallic coordination polymers using a polyazamacrocyclic linker
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible MOF

Controlling the particle size of a flexible metal–organic framework demonstrates that a 2D to 3D transformation gives a kinetically-trapped, structurally-locked form.

Graphical abstract: Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible MOF
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Selective formation of Ag domains on MnO nanooctapods for potential dual imaging probes

MnO octapod–Ag heterodimers were formed through the selective growth of Ag domains on one of the high index surfaces of the MnO octapods. The MnO–Ag heterodimers exhibited multiple functions, including plasmon light scattering from the Ag domains and magnetic resonance from the MnO domains.

Graphical abstract: Selective formation of Ag domains on MnO nanooctapods for potential dual imaging probes
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Computational identification of organic porous molecular crystals

Geometry-based analysis, molecular simulations, and machine learning are used to rapidly identify and characterise porous organic molecular crystals in a large crystal structure database.

Graphical abstract: Computational identification of organic porous molecular crystals
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Core–shell structured CeO2@MoS2 nanocomposites for high performance symmetric supercapacitors

Core–shell CeO2@MoS2 nanocomposites were successfully prepared via a wet chemistry strategy and they exhibited superior performance in a symmetric supercapacitor.

Graphical abstract: Core–shell structured CeO2@MoS2 nanocomposites for high performance symmetric supercapacitors
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of three new chain compounds based on a pentagonal bipyramidal Co(II) building block

Three homo-spin chain compounds constructed by pentagonal bipyramidal CoII units and linear organic bridges of different lengths were synthesized and characterized.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of three new chain compounds based on a pentagonal bipyramidal Co(ii) building block
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Evaporable lanthanide single-ion magnet

Two thermally stable single-ion magnets containing a dysprosium ion with the ligand fod (1,1,1,2,2,3,3-heptafluoro-7,7-dimethyl-4,6-octadione) and bpy (2,2′-bipyridine) or phen (1,10-phenathroline) were synthesized, named 1Dy (Dyfod3bpy) and 2Dy (Dyfod3phen).

Graphical abstract: Evaporable lanthanide single-ion magnet
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Anion-controlled assembly of a series of heterometallic 3d–4f compounds with 0D cluster, 1D chain, 2D network and 3D frameworks

A series of heterometallic 3d–4f compounds have been synthesized through the reaction of Ni2+, Ln3+ and H4dcta ligand in the presence of different anions.

Graphical abstract: Anion-controlled assembly of a series of heterometallic 3d–4f compounds with 0D cluster, 1D chain, 2D network and 3D frameworks
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Templated synthesis of diluted magnetic semiconductors using transition metal ion-doped metal–organic frameworks: the case of Co-doped ZnO

Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductors were facilely fabricated through thermal decomposition of transition metal ion-doped metal–organic frameworks.

Graphical abstract: Templated synthesis of diluted magnetic semiconductors using transition metal ion-doped metal–organic frameworks: the case of Co-doped ZnO
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Unique (3,9)-connected porous coordination polymers constructed by tripodal ligands with bent arms

Using tripodal ligands with bent arms, three new porous coordination polymers with novel 3D (3,9)-connected topologies have been constructed.

Graphical abstract: Unique (3,9)-connected porous coordination polymers constructed by tripodal ligands with bent arms
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Metal ion induced porous HKUST-1 nano/microcrystals with controllable morphology and size

HKUST-1 nano/microcrystals with controllable morphology and size were achieved by employing metal salts as additives.

Graphical abstract: Metal ion induced porous HKUST-1 nano/microcrystals with controllable morphology and size
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Fabrication and absorption properties based on ZnO nanocomposites adjusted by length–diameter ratio of ZnO nanorods

A series of ZnO nanorods (NR) with different length to diameters have been synthesized. The relationship between the ratio of length to diameter and the absorption properties were also studied.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication and absorption properties based on ZnO nanocomposites adjusted by length–diameter ratio of ZnO nanorods
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Supramolecular tryptophan-zipper forms a tripeptide as a regular proton transporter

The tripeptide adopts a β-turn conformation and self-assembles to form a supramolecular tryptophan-zipper-like structure which acts as a regular proton transporter.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular tryptophan-zipper forms a tripeptide as a regular proton transporter
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Solvent-induced construction of two zinc metal–organic frameworks for highly selective detection of nitroaromatic explosives

Two three-dimensional metal–organic frameworks 1 and 2 based on p-terphenyl-3,4′′,5-tricarboxylic acid (H3TPT) were synthesized by controlling the solvent media. These two MOFs exhibit high efficiency for the recyclable detection of nitroaromatic compounds.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-induced construction of two zinc metal–organic frameworks for highly selective detection of nitroaromatic explosives
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Synthesis of the biocompatible and highly stable MIL-127(Fe): from large scale synthesis to particle size control

Controlled-sized crystals, from the nano to the microscale, of porous iron(III) 3,3′,5,5′-azobenzenetetracarboxylate MOF have been successfully prepared with very high space-time-yields using different synthetic routes.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of the biocompatible and highly stable MIL-127(Fe): from large scale synthesis to particle size control
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Tunable gas adsorption properties of porous coordination polymers by modification of macrocyclic metallic tectons

We demonstrate crystal structure and gas adsorption can be tuned by the modification of macrocyclic metallic tectons through various aspects.

Graphical abstract: Tunable gas adsorption properties of porous coordination polymers by modification of macrocyclic metallic tectons
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Dynamic metal–organic frameworks: syntheses, characterizations, sorption studies and their hydrolytic inter-conversion

Two metal–organic frameworks show guest specific reversible, as well as irreversible, structural transformations leading from a 2D to 3D framework.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic metal–organic frameworks: syntheses, characterizations, sorption studies and their hydrolytic inter-conversion
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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Precursor-mediated synthesis of double-shelled V2O5 hollow nanospheres as cathode material for lithium-ion batteries

Hollow micro-/nanostructures have a wide range of applications in catalysis, rechargeable batteries, drug delivery, and gas sensors, as well as energy storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Precursor-mediated synthesis of double-shelled V2O5 hollow nanospheres as cathode material for lithium-ion batteries
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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4-Aminoquinaldine monohydrate polymorphism: prediction and impurity aided discovery of a difficult to access stable form

Crystal structure prediction studies of 4-aminoquinaldine monohydrate led, 80 years after its first synthesis, to the thermodynamically most stable form under conditions relevant for production and storage.

Graphical abstract: 4-Aminoquinaldine monohydrate polymorphism: prediction and impurity aided discovery of a difficult to access stable form
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Highly efficient photocatalysts by pyrolyzing a Zn–Ti heterometallic metal–organic framework

TiOx/C composites were prepared by pyrolyzing a Zn–Ti heterometallic MOF, which exhibit excellent photocatalytic activities toward photodegradation of an organic dye.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient photocatalysts by pyrolyzing a Zn–Ti heterometallic metal–organic framework
From the themed collection: 2016 New talent
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About this collection

This CrystEngComm themed collection brings together contributions from researchers at the start of their independent career and those who have just entered the broad field of crystal engineering. With over 60 exciting papers covering topics ranging from the design of nanomaterials, organic frameworks, polymorphism of organic solids, to metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), contributed by authors across the globe, this issue truly celebrates the new talent working in the field of crystal engineering.

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