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Mechanical twinning in organic crystals

Various kinds of organic crystals can deform beyond their elastic limit, show unique mechanical properties, and switch directions of anisotropic functions by mechanical twinning based on stress-induced molecular movements.

Graphical abstract: Mechanical twinning in organic crystals
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Metal–organic frameworks with ftw-type connectivity: design, pore structure engineering, and potential applications

The structure, pore size regulation, and potential applications of MOFs featuring ftw-type connectivity have been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic frameworks with ftw-type connectivity: design, pore structure engineering, and potential applications
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Along the road to crystal structure prediction (CSP) of pharmaceutical-like molecules

In this Highlight the most important approaches in CSP to tackle molecular flexibility are characterized. Their successful use for drug-like molecules emphasizes the maturity of zeroth order CSP, while limitations indicate places for improvement.

Graphical abstract: Along the road to crystal structure prediction (CSP) of pharmaceutical-like molecules
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Mechanochemistry as an emerging tool for the preparation of sustained release urea cocrystals as a nitrogen source

Poor nitrogen usage efficiency of urea is one of the serious drawbacks that need urgent attention. This highlight focuses on the recent developments in mechanochemical synthesis of urea cocrystals as enhanced efficiency fertilizers.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochemistry as an emerging tool for the preparation of sustained release urea cocrystals as a nitrogen source
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Impurity incorporation in solution crystallization: diagnosis, prevention, and control

This work highlights recent advances in the diagnosis, prevention, and control of impurity incorporation during solution crystallization.

Graphical abstract: Impurity incorporation in solution crystallization: diagnosis, prevention, and control
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Ferroic phase transition molecular crystals

Recent developments in ferroic phase transition molecular crystals (ferroelectrics, ferroelastics, and multiferroics) are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Ferroic phase transition molecular crystals
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Molecular solid solutions for advanced materials – homeomorphic or heteromorphic

Crystalline molecular solid solutions are discussed on the basis of homeomorphism and heteromorphism of blended molecules.

Graphical abstract: Molecular solid solutions for advanced materials – homeomorphic or heteromorphic
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Luminescent polymorphic crystals: mechanoresponsive and multicolor-emissive properties

Polymorphic organic crystals that can switch their photophysical properties in response to mechanical stimuli are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent polymorphic crystals: mechanoresponsive and multicolor-emissive properties
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Rational design, synthesis, and applications of carbon-assisted dispersive Ni-based composites

Herein, we review recent developments in the rational design and engineering of various carbon-assisted dispersive nickel-based composites, and boosted properties for protein adsorption and nitroaromatics reduction.

Graphical abstract: Rational design, synthesis, and applications of carbon-assisted dispersive Ni-based composites
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Post-synthetic modification within MOFs: a valuable strategy for modulating their ferroelectric performance

It is a great route designing new MOF ferroelectrics to enrich the scope of ferroelectrics or improving the ferroelectric performance to enhance the opportunity of applications through the strategy of post-synthetic modification (PSM).

Graphical abstract: Post-synthetic modification within MOFs: a valuable strategy for modulating their ferroelectric performance
From the themed collection: 2022 Highlight article collection
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Construction of coral-like architectures of boron-containing compounds: coral-like boric acid and its application performances

Coral-like structures have been widely investigated for practical applications owing to their special porous architectures and surface activity. Here we report a simple strategy for the preparation of coral-like architectures of boric acid.

Graphical abstract: Construction of coral-like architectures of boron-containing compounds: coral-like boric acid and its application performances
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Effect of chemical substitution on the construction of boroxine-based supramolecular crystalline polymers featuring B←N dative bonds

B←N dative bond-associated molecular to polymeric crystals have been synthesized by tuning their electronic features. The supramolecular and quantum crystallographic aspects of the B←N dative bonds were thoroughly investigated.

Graphical abstract: Effect of chemical substitution on the construction of boroxine-based supramolecular crystalline polymers featuring B←N dative bonds
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Direct transformation of ReO3 nanorods into ReS2 nanosheets on carbon fibres for modulating solid–gas interactions

The gas adsorption/desorption reaction that occurs on a solid surface forms the basic reaction of various catalysts and sensor devices.

Graphical abstract: Direct transformation of ReO3 nanorods into ReS2 nanosheets on carbon fibres for modulating solid–gas interactions
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Microchannel-confined crystallization: shape-controlled continuous preparation of a high-quality CL-20/HMX cocrystal

Shape-controlled continuous preparation of a high-quality CL-20/HMX cocrystal has been realized through a microchannel-confined crystallization strategy.

Graphical abstract: Microchannel-confined crystallization: shape-controlled continuous preparation of a high-quality CL-20/HMX cocrystal
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Selective inclusion of p-xylene by bis-hydrazone compounds

p-Xylene can be separated from a mixture of xylene isomers by the selective inclusion property of three novel bis-hydrazone compounds. Crystallization of these compounds in solvents containing p-XY generate voids which are complementary to only p-XY.

Graphical abstract: Selective inclusion of p-xylene by bis-hydrazone compounds
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Homochiral porous coordination polymer of EuIII for metal ion sensing and enantioselective adsorption

A novel multifunctional homochiral porous metal–organic framework was obtained by combining the luminescent component Eu(III) with an enantiopure triangular polycarboxylic ligand.

Graphical abstract: Homochiral porous coordination polymer of EuIII for metal ion sensing and enantioselective adsorption
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Polyoxometalate-based CuII/CoII complexes tuned using various metal–pyrazole loops: design, diverse architectures and catalytic activity toward the oxidation of thioether derivatives

Three new polyoxometalate-based complexes with unique metal–pyrazole loops were synthesized, showing various architectures and finally resulting in different catalysis performance.

Graphical abstract: Polyoxometalate-based CuII/CoII complexes tuned using various metal–pyrazole loops: design, diverse architectures and catalytic activity toward the oxidation of thioether derivatives
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A series of isostructural lanthanide metal–organic frameworks: effective fluorescence sensing for Fe3+, 2,4-DNP and 4-NP

A series of isostructural lanthanide metal–organic frameworks were constructed under solvothermal conditions. Among them, JLU-MOF201-Y and JLU-MOF201-Tb display high sensitivity and selectivity for Fe3+, 2,4-dinitrophenol and 4-hydroxyderricin.

Graphical abstract: A series of isostructural lanthanide metal–organic frameworks: effective fluorescence sensing for Fe3+, 2,4-DNP and 4-NP
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Terbium-doped LiYbF4 nanomaterial-based scintillator responding to X-rays with high-resolution imaging applications

As a new scintillation material, LiYbF4 nanocrystals exhibit high stability and strong absorption of X-rays, and appear competitive in high-resolution X-ray imaging with a spatial resolution of 20 LP mm−1 (MTF = 0.35).

Graphical abstract: Terbium-doped LiYbF4 nanomaterial-based scintillator responding to X-rays with high-resolution imaging applications
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An adenosine triphosphate-responsive metal–organic framework decorated with palladium nanosheets for synergistic tri-modal therapy

A palladium nanosheet-incorporated metal–organic framework MIL-101-NH2 (MIL@Pd) encapsulating doxorubicin hydrochloride has been designed and exhibits synergistic chemo/chemodynamic/photothermal therapeutic properties.

Graphical abstract: An adenosine triphosphate-responsive metal–organic framework decorated with palladium nanosheets for synergistic tri-modal therapy
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Cd4REO(BO3)3 (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb): three new cadmium–rare earth oxyborates with both good NLO and luminescence properties

Cd4REO(BO3)3 (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb) obtained by introducing non-centrosymmetric (NCS) groups into borates have high stability and good SHG signals and fluorescence performance.

Graphical abstract: Cd4REO(BO3)3 (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb): three new cadmium–rare earth oxyborates with both good NLO and luminescence properties
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Solvatochromism and the effect of solvent on properties in a two-dimensional coordination polymer of cobalt-trimesate

A 2D coordination polymer can exchange guest species from liquid sorption, with accompanying visible colour changes.

Graphical abstract: Solvatochromism and the effect of solvent on properties in a two-dimensional coordination polymer of cobalt-trimesate
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Characterization of calcite spines of planktonic foraminifers (Globigerinidae)

Spines projecting from a trochospiral test of a spinose planktonic foraminifer are a single-crystal-like calcite that has a nanogranular texture containing microstrain and an organic envelope.

Graphical abstract: Characterization of calcite spines of planktonic foraminifers (Globigerinidae)
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App-based quantification of crystal phases and amorphous content in ZIF biocomposites

We developed and integrated into a web application (ZIF Phase Analysis) a calibration procedure for the rapid and quantitative analysis of crystalline and amorphous ZIF phases from diffraction patterns in biomacromolecule@ZIF biocomposites.

Graphical abstract: App-based quantification of crystal phases and amorphous content in ZIF biocomposites
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Surface-oxidized titanium diboride as cocatalyst on hematite photoanode for solar water splitting

The PEC performance of α-Fe2O3/SO-TiB2 is attributed to the enhancement of photogenerated charge separation and injection efficiency under the driving force of the interfacial electric field.

Graphical abstract: Surface-oxidized titanium diboride as cocatalyst on hematite photoanode for solar water splitting
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1,2,4-Triazolyl-4-acetate: a ditopic ligand combining soft and hard donor sites in homometallic (AgI) and heterometallic (AgI/UVI) coordination polymers

A 1,2,4-triazol-4-yl-acetic acid (trGly-H) was used for the synthesis of AgI and AgI/UVI coordination polymers. The composition space diagram was built for the AgNO3/trGly-H/UO2(NO3)2·6H2O system shows the crystallization fields of two AgI/UVI-compounds were found.

Graphical abstract: 1,2,4-Triazolyl-4-acetate: a ditopic ligand combining soft and hard donor sites in homometallic (AgI) and heterometallic (AgI/UVI) coordination polymers
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Exploring the polymorphism of sofosbuvir via mechanochemistry: effect of milling jar geometry and material

In this work, the influence of polypropylene jar properties on the polymorphic transformations of sofosbuvir during milling experiments is investigated.

Graphical abstract: Exploring the polymorphism of sofosbuvir via mechanochemistry: effect of milling jar geometry and material
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Anchoring boron atoms to the specific tetrahedral sites of borosilicate MFI by imidazolium-based molecules

A series of borosilicate MFI zeolites were successfully synthesized using imidazolium-based molecules. The interactions between the boron-enriched framework and guest molecules were elucidated.

Graphical abstract: Anchoring boron atoms to the specific tetrahedral sites of borosilicate MFI by imidazolium-based molecules
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One-step fabrication of nitrogen-doped laser-induced graphene derived from melamine/polyimide for enhanced flexible supercapacitors

Nitrogen-doped laser-induced graphene electrodes were fabricated by one-step in situ CO2 laser pyrolysis, exhibiting superior electrochemical performance for flexible supercapacitor applications.

Graphical abstract: One-step fabrication of nitrogen-doped laser-induced graphene derived from melamine/polyimide for enhanced flexible supercapacitors
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Microwave spectroscopy as a potential tool for characterizing synthetic HPHT diamonds

A technique for evaluation of the diamond is a HPHT diamond presented using microwave spectroscopy. This effect is most pronounced in a waveguide transmission measured by the S12 parameter at 12–12.7 GHz, 20.9–21 GHz, and 22.2–22.23 GHz.

Graphical abstract: Microwave spectroscopy as a potential tool for characterizing synthetic HPHT diamonds
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Nucleation mechanism of GaN crystal growth on porous GaN/sapphire substrates

This paper describes the nucleation mechanism of GaN crystal growth on porous GaN/sapphire substrates. The growth behavior of epitaxially grown GaN on porous substrates is studied in detail for the first time at the nucleation stage.

Graphical abstract: Nucleation mechanism of GaN crystal growth on porous GaN/sapphire substrates
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Flexible Al2O3/ZrO2 nanofibrous membranes for thermal insulation

Flexible Al2O3/ZrO2 nanofibrous membranes of low density and high working temperature were fabricated by sol–gel electrospinning, and could be used for thermal-insulation applications.

Graphical abstract: Flexible Al2O3/ZrO2 nanofibrous membranes for thermal insulation
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Revisiting the roles of salinity, temperature and water activity in phase selection during calcium sulfate precipitation

Phase selection during precipitation of calcium sulfate is known to be influenced by various parameters. Here we demonstrate that the relative level of supersaturation determines whether more or less hydrated crystalline phases are formed.

Graphical abstract: Revisiting the roles of salinity, temperature and water activity in phase selection during calcium sulfate precipitation
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Anisotropic expansion effect of Sr doping on the crystal structure of hydroxyapatite

The anisotropic expansion effect of Sr on the HA crystal structure is proposed where the relative expansion rate in the c-axis direction is about 2.22 times that in the a-axis direction.

Graphical abstract: Anisotropic expansion effect of Sr doping on the crystal structure of hydroxyapatite
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Three new POM-based coordination polymers with 1,3,5-tris(1-imidazolyl)benzene ligand: syntheses, structures and proton conductivity

Three POM-based coordination polymers with 1,3,5-tris(1-imidazolyl)benzene have been synthesized. 1 exhibits a rare 3,6-connected pyr topology; 2 and 3 reveal 3D hydrogen-bonded structures with good proton conductivity.

Graphical abstract: Three new POM-based coordination polymers with 1,3,5-tris(1-imidazolyl)benzene ligand: syntheses, structures and proton conductivity
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Assembly of a Zn(II) coordination polymer of tetrapyridyl tetraene ligands for selective sensing of CrO42− and Fe3+ in water via luminescence quenching and enhancement

One Zn(II) coordination polymer is used to selectively detect CrO42− and Fe3+ in water via luminescence quenching and enhancement methods.

Graphical abstract: Assembly of a Zn(ii) coordination polymer of tetrapyridyl tetraene ligands for selective sensing of CrO42− and Fe3+ in water via luminescence quenching and enhancement
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Theoretical insight into density and stability differences of RDX, HMX and CL-20

In this work, density and stability differences of RDX, HMX and CL-20 are exploited and addressed through static calculations from views of monomolecular parameters, intermolecular interactions (by the proposed BEC method) and crystal packing.

Graphical abstract: Theoretical insight into density and stability differences of RDX, HMX and CL-20
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In situ Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of corrosion in a Co–Fe alloy microcrystal

Morphology, 3D lattice strain, and dissolution of a Co–Fe microcrystal was monitored using in situ Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction imaging.

Graphical abstract: In situ Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of corrosion in a Co–Fe alloy microcrystal
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Upconversion luminescence and optical temperature-sensing properties of LiNbO3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanoparticles

LiNbO3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanocubes are synthesized by a hydrothermal method. LiNbO3:Yb3+/Er3+ annealed at 1050 °C exhibits a sensitivity of 0.0094 K−1 at 340 K.

Graphical abstract: Upconversion luminescence and optical temperature-sensing properties of LiNbO3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanoparticles
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A highly stable Eu-MOF multifunctional luminescent sensor for the effective detection of Fe3+, Cr2O72−/CrO42− and aspartic acid in aqueous systems

As multifunctional luminescence sensor, EU MOF has good thermal stability and water stability. It is used for the detection of Fe3+, Cr2O72−, CrO42− and aspartic acid in water system with low detection limit. And it has good recycling performance.

Graphical abstract: A highly stable Eu-MOF multifunctional luminescent sensor for the effective detection of Fe3+, Cr2O72−/CrO42− and aspartic acid in aqueous systems
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Collagen mineralization with lepidocrocite via Fe(OH)2 addition

Intrafibrillar lepidocrocite platelets are shown to be present throughout the entire thickness of collagen fibrils using electron tomography.

Graphical abstract: Collagen mineralization with lepidocrocite via Fe(OH)2 addition
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Various amide derivatives induced Keggin-type SiW12O404−-based cobalt complexes: assembly, structure, electrochemical sensing and dye adsorption properties

Three new [SiW12O40]4−-based complexes assembled from three amide derivative ligands displayed excellent electrochemical sensing activities for BrO3, NO2 and Cr(VI) ions and showed good adsorption capacities for methylene blue and neutral red dyes.

Graphical abstract: Various amide derivatives induced Keggin-type SiW12O404−-based cobalt complexes: assembly, structure, electrochemical sensing and dye adsorption properties
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Syntheses, structures and optical properties of two B3O7 cluster-based borates

1 is a 2D fluctuant layered borate made from two different B3O7 clusters. 2 features a 3D open framework with large 17-MR channels filled with Li-BO(OH)2-Ca chains.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures and optical properties of two B3O7 cluster-based borates
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LDH-derived phosphide/N-doped graphene oxide hierarchical electrocatalyst for enhanced oxygen evolution reaction

A hierarchical electrocatalyst Fe-Ni2P/N-GO was successfully synthesized via a facile method combining solvothermal and phosphorization, which shows excellent OER performance in alkaline solution.

Graphical abstract: LDH-derived phosphide/N-doped graphene oxide hierarchical electrocatalyst for enhanced oxygen evolution reaction
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Mechanochemical synthesis of crystalline U(VI) triperoxide solids

Mechanochemical reaction of UO3 with metal peroxides (M2O2) yields U(VI) triperoxide materials without producing radioactive solvent wastes.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochemical synthesis of crystalline U(vi) triperoxide solids
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High temperature molecular-based phase transition compounds with tunable and switchable dielectric properties

Molecular-based dielectric switching compounds [ClEt-Dabco][ReO4]2 and [BrEt-Dabco][ReO4]2 with high-temperature phase transition.

Graphical abstract: High temperature molecular-based phase transition compounds with tunable and switchable dielectric properties
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Enhancement in microwave absorption properties by adjusting the sintering conditions and carbon shell thickness of Ni@C submicrospheres

The core–shell Ni@C submicrospheres were fabricated by sintering method and combined with PVDF to prepare Ni@C/PVDF composite, which possessed optimal wave absorption property with RL min of −71.32 dB and EAB of 5.62 GHz at 1.95 mm.

Graphical abstract: Enhancement in microwave absorption properties by adjusting the sintering conditions and carbon shell thickness of Ni@C submicrospheres
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Multiple stimuli triggered structural isomerization of copper iodide–pyridine crystals

Structural isomerization of copper iodide–pyridine crystals under multiple stimuli was monitored, revealing a three-step dissociation–reorganization mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Multiple stimuli triggered structural isomerization of copper iodide–pyridine crystals
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This collection represents the top 10% of research published in CrystEngComm each quarter. Featured articles are marked as HOT by the handling editor or as recommended by referees. Congratulations to all the authors whose articles are featured.

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