Themed collection 2021 Highlight article collection

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Functionally modified metal–organic frameworks for the removal of toxic dyes from wastewater

This review highlights recent advancement in functional modified (FM) MOFs as superior adsorbents for the removal of dyes, classifying them by various modification strategies. The adsorption interactions affected by the FM approach are summarized.

Graphical abstract: Functionally modified metal–organic frameworks for the removal of toxic dyes from wastewater
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High Curie temperature bismuth-based piezo-/ferroelectric single crystals of complex perovskite structure: recent progress and perspectives

The recent progress in high TC bismuth-based piezo-/ferroelectric single crystals is reviewed in terms of materials design, crystal growth, physical properties, crystal chemistry, and complex domain structures, and the future perspectives are discussed.

Graphical abstract: High Curie temperature bismuth-based piezo-/ferroelectric single crystals of complex perovskite structure: recent progress and perspectives
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Supramolecular helical self-assembly of small peptides

In this highlight, we describe the construction of supramolecular single/double/triple-helical assemblies from small di/tri/tetrapeptides and their applications.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular helical self-assembly of small peptides
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Recent progress in the CVD growth of 2D vertical heterostructures based on transition-metal dichalcogenides

This review summarizes recent advances in the controllable CVD growth of 2D TMDC vertical heterostructures under four different strategies.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in the CVD growth of 2D vertical heterostructures based on transition-metal dichalcogenides
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Organic co-crystal semiconductors: a crystal engineering perspective

Organic semiconductors are being pursued with vigor for the development of efficient and smart electronics. As a brief tutorial account, we traverse the fundamentals and advancements in the area and provide a crystal engineering perspective.

Graphical abstract: Organic co-crystal semiconductors: a crystal engineering perspective
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Crystal engineering of nanomaterials: current insights and prospects

Nanocrystal engineering has evolved into a dynamic research area over the past few decades but is not properly defined. Here, we present select examples to highlight the diverse aspects of crystal engineering applied on inorganic nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Crystal engineering of nanomaterials: current insights and prospects
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Spin crossover crystalline materials engineered via single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations

This highlight illustrates the latest crystalline materials engineered via SCSC transformations, with emphasis on the onset and progress of spin crossover in a crystal control.

Graphical abstract: Spin crossover crystalline materials engineered via single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations
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Colloidal chemical bottom-up synthesis routes of pnictogen (As, Sb, Bi) nanostructures with tailored properties and applications: a summary of the state of the art and main insights

Adjusting the colloidal chemistry synthetic parameters for pnictogen nanostructures leads to a fine control of their physical properties and the resulting performance in applications. Image adapted from Slidesgo.com.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal chemical bottom-up synthesis routes of pnictogen (As, Sb, Bi) nanostructures with tailored properties and applications: a summary of the state of the art and main insights
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An overview of the current status and prospects of cathode materials based on transition metal sulfides for magnesium-ion batteries

TMSs as cathode materials used in MIBs.

Graphical abstract: An overview of the current status and prospects of cathode materials based on transition metal sulfides for magnesium-ion batteries
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Progress in controlling the synthesis of atomically precise silver nanoclusters

This short review was designed to summarize the advances in synthesis methods of silver nanoclusters.

Graphical abstract: Progress in controlling the synthesis of atomically precise silver nanoclusters
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Cocrystal engineering of pharmaceutical solids: therapeutic potential and challenges

This highlight presents an overview of pharmaceutical cocrystal production and its potential in reviving problematic properties of drugs in different dosage forms. The challenges and future outlook of its translational development are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Cocrystal engineering of pharmaceutical solids: therapeutic potential and challenges
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Participation of S and Se in hydrogen and chalcogen bonds

The heavier chalcogen atoms S, Se, and Te can each participate in a range of different noncovalent interactions. They can serve as both proton donor and acceptor in H-bonds. Each atom can also act as electron acceptor in a chalcogen bond.

Graphical abstract: Participation of S and Se in hydrogen and chalcogen bonds
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Epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys: synthesis-twin structure–property relations

Recent works of epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys with different stacking fault energies are reviewed to elaborate the relationship among synthesis conditions, intrinsic factors, twin structure and various properties.

Graphical abstract: Epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys: synthesis-twin structure–property relations
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How the in situ monitoring of bulk crystalline phases during catalyst activation results in a better understanding of heterogeneous catalysis

This Highlight article shows the importance of the in situ monitoring of bulk crystalline compounds for a thorough understanding of heterogeneous catalysts at the intersection of catalysis, materials science, crystallography and inorganic chemistry.

Graphical abstract: How the in situ monitoring of bulk crystalline phases during catalyst activation results in a better understanding of heterogeneous catalysis
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Two-dimensional multimetallic alloy nanocrystals: recent progress and challenges

In this highlight article, the recent progress on the preparation and application of multimetallic alloy nanocrystals with 2D nanostructures is systematically reviewed, as well as perspectives on future challenges and opportunities.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional multimetallic alloy nanocrystals: recent progress and challenges
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Control of location and distribution of heteroatoms substituted isomorphously in framework of zeolites and zeotype materials

Well-controlled incorporation of heteroatoms in frameworks of zeolites and zeotype materials has been achieved by a variety of new synthetic approaches, generating outstanding catalysts compared to uncontrolled materials.

Graphical abstract: Control of location and distribution of heteroatoms substituted isomorphously in framework of zeolites and zeotype materials
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Sublimation – a green route to new solid-state forms

Sublimation is an effective and ‘green’ method to prepare and identify new polymorphs, cocrystals, ionic cocrystals and molecular salts.

Graphical abstract: Sublimation – a green route to new solid-state forms
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Density functional theory predictions of the mechanical properties of crystalline materials

The DFT-predicted mechanical properties of crystalline materials are crucial knowledge for their screening, design, and exploitation.

Graphical abstract: Density functional theory predictions of the mechanical properties of crystalline materials
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Dynamic effects in crystalline coordination polymers

Dynamic macroscopic behaviour of single crystals of coordination polymers when subjected to light, heat, and mechanical force.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic effects in crystalline coordination polymers
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Determining the mechanisms of deformation in flexible crystals using micro-focus X-ray diffraction

A newly developed methodology allows for the determination of the mechanisms of deformation in flexible crystals with atomic precision. With broader applications, mapping experiments have wide reaching potential within the field of materials science.

Graphical abstract: Determining the mechanisms of deformation in flexible crystals using micro-focus X-ray diffraction
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Functional flexible molecular crystals: intrinsic and mechanoresponsive properties

Flexible molecular crystals have attracted much attention to unique optoelectronic applications and stimuli-responsive chemistry, resulting in various functional molecular crystals for controlling photons, phonons, electrons, and magnons.

Graphical abstract: Functional flexible molecular crystals: intrinsic and mechanoresponsive properties
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Potential and challenges of engineering mechanically flexible molecular crystals

Crystal adaptronics has undergone tremendous developments that have been utilized to rationalize dynamics in crystals. This highlight discusses about the role of intermolecular interactions in rationalizing mechanical responses in crystals.

Graphical abstract: Potential and challenges of engineering mechanically flexible molecular crystals
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Recent advances in synthesis and crystal structures of metal pentazolate salts

Pentazole is a good nitrogen-donor ligand to prepare intriguing structures. Herein, the synthesis and crystal structures of all reported metal pentazolate salts were summarized and the future prospects in this field were also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in synthesis and crystal structures of metal pentazolate salts
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Vanadium oxide bronzes as cathode active materials for non-lithium-based batteries

Lithium as critical resource prompted interest for non-lithium-based batteries. This highlight review discusses vanadium oxide bronzes as one of the material families being considered as cathode for non-lithium-based batteries.

Graphical abstract: Vanadium oxide bronzes as cathode active materials for non-lithium-based batteries
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Cobalt-based metal–organic frameworks as functional materials for battery applications

Research progress on cobalt-based metal–organic frameworks as functional materials for battery applications has been presented.

Graphical abstract: Cobalt-based metal–organic frameworks as functional materials for battery applications
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Deep eutectic solvents for the preparation and post-synthetic modification of metal- and covalent organic frameworks

The use of deep eutectic solvents (DES) as media for the preparation of metal- and covalent organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs) and their post-synthetic modification towards composites is reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Deep eutectic solvents for the preparation and post-synthetic modification of metal- and covalent organic frameworks
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Variable stoichiometry cocrystals: occurrence and significance

Stoichiometric variation in organic cocrystals, their synthesis, structure elucidation and properties are discussed. Accountable reasons for the occurrence of such cocrystals are emphasised.

Graphical abstract: Variable stoichiometry cocrystals: occurrence and significance
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Electrochemically induced nucleation of oxidic crystals in melts – a review

Electrochemically induced nucleation refers to a method where an applied potential triggers an electrochemical reaction which changes the conditions in the melt so that nucleation can occur where it was previously not significantly possible.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemically induced nucleation of oxidic crystals in melts – a review
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Coordination polymers with embedded recognition sites: lessons from cyclotriveratrylene-type ligands

Coordination polymers with molecular recognition sites are assembled using cyclotriveratrylene ligands. Many show differential guest-spaces with host and lattice sites available, however common host–guest and self-inclusion motifs can block sites.

Graphical abstract: Coordination polymers with embedded recognition sites: lessons from cyclotriveratrylene-type ligands
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Recent advances in excited state intramolecular proton transfer mechanism-based solid state fluorescent materials and stimuli-responsive fluorescence switching

Substitutional change and controlling intra and intermolecular interactions of ESIPT molecules resulted in realizing multifunctional fluorescence properties.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in excited state intramolecular proton transfer mechanism-based solid state fluorescent materials and stimuli-responsive fluorescence switching
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Highly emissive halide perovskite nanocrystals: from lead to lead-free

Highly emissive halide perovskite nanocrystals with tunable emission spectra covering the entire visible spectra.

Graphical abstract: Highly emissive halide perovskite nanocrystals: from lead to lead-free
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Review on quasi-2D square planar nickelates

Quasi-2D square planar nickelates exhibit key ingredients of high-Tc superconducting cuprates. Whether bulk samples are superconducting remains an open question, single crystals are ideal platforms for addressing such fundamental questions.

Graphical abstract: Review on quasi-2D square planar nickelates
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Spodium bonding in five coordinated Zn(II): a new player in crystal engineering?

This highlight evidences the existence and importance of spodium bonds (SpB) in solid state structures involving five-coordinated square-pyramidal Zn(II) spodium atom.

Graphical abstract: Spodium bonding in five coordinated Zn(ii): a new player in crystal engineering?
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Crystal engineering strategies towards halogen-bonded metal–organic multi-component solids: salts, cocrystals and salt cocrystals

This highlight presents an overview of the current advances in the preparation of halogen bonded metal–organic multi-component solids, including salts and cocrystals comprising neutral and ionic constituents.

Graphical abstract: Crystal engineering strategies towards halogen-bonded metal–organic multi-component solids: salts, cocrystals and salt cocrystals
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Correlated disorder in metal–organic frameworks

Metal–organic frameworks host many types of compositional and structural disorder. In this Highlight article we explore cases where this disorder is correlated, rather than random.

Graphical abstract: Correlated disorder in metal–organic frameworks
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Micro-pulling-down growth of long YAG- and LuAG-based garnet fibres: advances and bottlenecks

A technological advance in shaped μ-PD crystal growth provided us with high-quality single crystalline fibres of rare-earth garnets with the good longitudinal transparency and light attenuation length of up to 1 m.

Graphical abstract: Micro-pulling-down growth of long YAG- and LuAG-based garnet fibres: advances and bottlenecks
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Recent advances in probing host–guest interactions with solid state nuclear magnetic resonance

A recent update on how solid state NMR has aided the interpretation and understanding of host–guest interactions in the field of supramolecular assemblies is provided.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in probing host–guest interactions with solid state nuclear magnetic resonance
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Synthesis of MOF-on-MOF architectures in the context of interfacial lattice matching

This highlight summarises the previously reported MOF-on-MOF systems, with a focus on the presented crystallographic information and classification of the systems according to lattice parameter matching.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of MOF-on-MOF architectures in the context of interfacial lattice matching
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Elucidating pore chemistry within metal–organic frameworks via single crystal X-ray diffraction; from fundamental understanding to application

The application of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) to diverse chemical sectors is aided by their crystallinity, which permits the use of X-ray crystallography to characterise their pore chemistry and provides invaluable insight into their properties.

Graphical abstract: Elucidating pore chemistry within metal–organic frameworks via single crystal X-ray diffraction; from fundamental understanding to application
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An overview of CO32−/HCO3 binding by aerial CO2 fixation within the self-assemblies of hydrogen-bond donor scaffolds

A comprehensive account of the F/OH-induced atmospheric CO2 fixation as carbonate/bicarbonate anion(s) within the self-assemblies of artificial receptors are demonstrated in the highlight.

Graphical abstract: An overview of CO32−/HCO3− binding by aerial CO2 fixation within the self-assemblies of hydrogen-bond donor scaffolds
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Identification of synthesisable crystalline phases of water – a prototype for the challenges of computational materials design

We discuss the identification of experimentally realisable crystalline phases of water to outline and contextualise some of the diverse building blocks of a computational materials design process.

Graphical abstract: Identification of synthesisable crystalline phases of water – a prototype for the challenges of computational materials design
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This web collection contains the Highlight articles published in CrystEngComm in 2021.

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