Crystal Engineering

by Gautam R Desiraju (Indian Institute of Science), Jagadese J Vittal (National University of Singapore),& Arunachalam Ramanan (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi).

This book is important because it is the first textbook in an area that has become very popular in recent times. There are around 250 research groups in crystal engineering worldwide today. The subject has been researched for around 40 years but there is still no textbook at the level of senior undergraduates and beginning PhD students. This book is expected to fill this gap.

The writing style is simple, with an adequate number of exercises and problems, and the diagrams are easy to understand. This book consists major areas of the subject, including organic crystals and co-ordination polymers, and can easily form the basis of a 30 to 40 lecture course for senior undergraduates.

Contents:
  • Crystal Engineering:
    • X-ray Crystallography
    • Organic Solid State Chemistry
    • The Crystal as a Supramolecular Entity
    • Modern Crystal Engineering
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Intermolecular Interactions:
    • General Properties
    • van der Waals Interactions
    • Hydrogen Bonds
    • Halogen Bonds
    • Other Interactions
    • Methods of Study of Interactions
    • Analysis of Typical Crystal Structures
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Crystal Design Strategies:
    • Synthesis in Chemistry
    • Supramolecular Chemistry
    • The Synthon in Crystal Engineering
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Crystallization and Crystal Growth:
    • Crystallization of Organic Solids
    • Nucleation
    • Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Crystallization
    • Crystal Growth
    • Crystal Morphology and Habit
    • Crystal Morphology Engineering
    • Why is it that all Compounds don’t seem to Crystallize Equally Well or Equally Quickly?
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Polymorphism:
    • What is Polymorphism?
    • Occurrence of Polymorphism
    • Thermodynamics of Polymorphism
    • Thermodynamics versus Kinetics and the Formation of Polymorphs
    • Methods of Polymorph Characterization
    • Properties of Polymorphs
    • Case Studies from the Pharmaceutical Industry
    • Polymorphism Today
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Multi-component Crystals:
    • General Classification and Nomenclature
    • Solid Solutions
    • Host-Guest Compounds
    • Solvates and Hydrates
    • Donor-Acceptor Complexes
    • Co-crystals
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
  • Coordination Polymers:
    • What are Coordination Polymers?
    • Classification Schemes
    • Crystal Design Strategies
    • Network Topologies
    • Supramolecular Isomerism
    • Interpenetration
    • Porous Coordination Polymers
    • Properties and Applications
    • Building Approach: Influence of Experimental Conditions
    • Summary
    • Further Reading
    • Problems
Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students in crystallography as well as academics and industry players.