A reverse crystal Engineering approach

Macchi, Piero (November 2013). A reverse crystal Engineering approach. In: Natta's seed grow. Milano, Politecnico. 21-2.9.2013.

The enormous impact of crystal engineering in modern solid state chemistry takes advantage from the connection between a typical basic science field and the word engineering. Regrettably, the engineering aspect of organic or metal organic crystalline materials are limited, so far, to descriptive structural features, sometime entangled with topological aspects, but only rarely with true material design. This should include not only the fabrication and structural description at micro- and nano-scopic level of the solids, but also a proper reverse engineering, a fundamental discipline for engineers. Translated into scientific language, the reverse crystal engineering refers to a dedicated and accurate analysis of how the building blocks contribute to generate a given material property. This would enable a more appropriate design of new crystalline material. We propose here the application of reverse crystal engineering to optical properties of organic and metal organic framework structures, applying the distributed atomic polarizability approach that we have extensively investigated in the past few years[1,2].

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


08 Faculty of Science > Departement of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UniBE Contributor:

Macchi, Piero


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation


[UNSPECIFIED] Properties of organometallic mateirals from accurate electron density




Piero Macchi

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10 Apr 2014 14:23

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10 Apr 2014 14:54



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