From molecules to crystals – how do organic molecules form crystals (CRYSTALLIZE)
COST Action CM1402
2014-2018. E. Saridakis, Member of the Management Committee for Greece.
The crystallization process determines the quality of the obtained crystal but understanding the molecular mechanisms which occur during crystallization remains a scientific challenge, particularly for organic and macromolecular compounds.
Developments in advanced analytical techniques, molecular recognition probes and computational methodologies are beginning to provide insight into how molecules interact in solution, aggregate and, ultimately, form crystals. Together with studies in different phases, in confined systems, on surfaces and with impurities, this is improving our understanding of crystallization processes. The EU plays host to recognised global leaders in different aspects of crystallization which, brought together, are in a unique position to drive the molecular understanding of the crystallization process.
Crystal Engineering has advanced so that there is understanding of the supramolecular interactions in molecular solids. The next step is to fully understand structure/function relationships in order to custom design new materials for specific applications. Action keywords: Crystal nucleation and growth of molecular solids - crystal engineering - solvation structure and molecular probes - molecular dynamics and crystal structure prediction - organic molecules and biomolecules