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Current Topics in Chemical Crystallography

This themed series assembles a selection of papers which present some of the current research efforts defining the subject of “Chemical Crystallography”.
Series Guest Editor, Michael Hursthouse shares his thoughts on how this area has developed:
Looking back to the late 60’s and early 70’s, and the start of my own independent career, it was clear that the young crystallographers of my generation, helped by some very skilled mentors and experts, were really at the forefront of what became a” Chemical Crystallography” revolution, with crystal structure analysis feeding back fundamental information into synthetic organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry research. Since that time, the integration of the two fundamental subjects of chemistry, in its broadest sense, and crystallography has created a focussed multidisciplinary area, aided and abetted by consistent and continuing technique and instrumental developments.

Editor: Prof Michael B Hursthouse


  1. Research article

    The effect of temperature and pressure on the crystal structure of piperidine

    The response of molecular crystal structures to changes in externally applied conditions such as temperature and pressure are the result of a complex balance between strong intramolecular bonding, medium stren...

    Laura E Budd, Richard M Ibberson, William G Marshall and Simon Parsons

    Chemistry Central Journal 2015 9:18

    Published on: 12 April 2015

  2. Research article

    Describing hydrogen-bonded structures; topology graphs, nodal symbols and connectivity tables, exemplified by five polymorphs of each of sulfathiazole and sulfapyridine

    Structural systematics is the comparison of sets of chemically related crystal structures with the aim to establish and describe relevant similarities and relationships. An important topic in this context is t...

    Michael B Hursthouse, David S Hughes, Thomas Gelbrich and Terence L Threlfall

    Chemistry Central Journal 2015 9:1

    Published on: 21 January 2015

  3. Research article

    A mechanophysical phase transition provides a dramatic example of colour polymorphism: the tribochromism of a substituted tri(methylene)tetrahydrofuran-2-one

    Derivatives of fulgides have been shown to have interesting photochromic properties. We have synthesised a number of such derivatives and have found, in some cases, that crystals can be made to change colour o...

    Abdullah M Asiri, Harry G Heller, David S Hughes, Michael B Hursthouse, John Kendrick, Frank JJ Leusen and Riccardo Montis

    Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:70

    Published on: 16 December 2014

  4. Review

    Charge density analysis for crystal engineering

    This review reports on the application of charge density analysis in the field of crystal engineering, which is one of the most growing and productive areas of the entire field of crystallography.

    Anna Krawczuk and Piero Macchi

    Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:68

    Published on: 16 December 2014