2016 Crystal Engineering Gordon Research Conference, Research Area 7: Chemical Sciences
Technical Report,01 May 2016,31 Oct 2016
Gordon Research Conferences, Inc West Kingston United States
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The Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering focused on advancing the design of crystals. The vital role that a variety of crystalline materials play in a broad range of technologies is far from new. However, more recently the ability to control crystallization using principles of crystal engineering is rapidly evolving to the point where properties might be realized through design rather than serendipity. No nonetheless the rational design of crystalline solids is the exception rather than the rule with progress hindered by a limited toolbox containing interactions of rather limited reliability. As the boundaries of application are expanding, the deficiencies in our own understanding appear more severe. Progress in this area will take place at the intersection of organic, inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry and requires a unique interface of experimental and theoretical tools provided by academia and industry alike. The purpose of the GRC and GRS was to bring together a wide range of experts with diverse backgrounds. The focus of the Gordon Research Seminar on Crystal Engineering was on the design and applications of cocrystals in the context of crystal engineering. Major emphasis was placed on understanding the pivotal role of the palette of non-covalent interactions in tailoring these multi-component assemblies for applications in pharmaceutical, energetic, electronic, mechanical, and optical fields. Comprehending the diverse applications of cocrystals, and their principles of synthesis, was an enriching experience designed to influence future research interests and collaborations among researchers in these areas.