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Crystal Engineering: from Structure to Function

Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2410-2413
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070967

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Abstract

Modern crystal engineering has emerged as a rich discipline whose success requires an iterative process of synthesis, crystallography, crystal structure analysis, and computational methods. By focusing on the molecular recognition events during nucleation and growth, chemists have uncovered new ways of controlling the internal structure and symmetry of crystals and of producing materials with useful chemical and physical properties.

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