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Crystal Engineering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar
Mechanochemistry and Solid-State Reactivity: State of the Art
May 31 - June 1, 2014
Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley, NH

Related Meeting Information
The Crystal Engineering Gordon Research Seminar was held in conjunction with the Crystal Engineering Gordon Research Conference. Please refer to the Crystal Engineering GRC web page for more information.

The Gordon Research Seminar on Crystal Engineering is an outstanding forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to come together in a stimulating, encouraging environment to discuss their current research, exchange cutting-edge ideas, and build informal networks with their peers that may lead to a lifetime of collaboration and scientific achievement.

The focus of this Seminar is to discuss mechanochemistry and solid-state reactivity in the context of crystal engineering. Particular focus will be placed on a selection of emerging techniques that traditionally have not been part of the crystal engineer's toolkit (e.g. electron diffraction, crystal structure prediction, AFM microscopy etc.), but have enormous applicability in research areas lying at the heart of crystal engineering. The GRS program will consist of the following sessions:

  • Mechanochemistry and Solid-State Reactivity
  • Mechanochemical Synthesis and Mechanisms of Action
  • Functional Crystalline Materials
  • Structural Explorations of the Crystalline Solid State


1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmMechanochemistry and Solid-State Reactivity
Discussion Leader: Matteo Lusi (University of Limerick, Limerick)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Tomislav Friščić (McGill University, Montréal)
"Mechanochemistry: A New Role for the Solid State in Chemical Synthesis"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanochemical Synthesis and Mechanisms of Action
Discussion Leader: Vânia André (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Peter Bygrave (University of Southampton, Southampton)
"Developments in Computational Chemistry for Predicting the Equilibrium Composition and Crystal Structures in Mechanochemical Reactions"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pm Ramanpreet Kaur (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
"Symbiosis in Solid State Interconversion and Synthon Modularity in Hydroxybenzoic Acid-Hexamine Adducts"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Cristina Mottillo (McGill University, Montréal)
"Tunable Synthesis, Functionalization, and Stability Evaluation of Porous Materials Through Mild, Diffusion-Controlled Processes in the Solid State"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pm Oleksandr Bushuyev (McGill University, Montréal)
"Photomechanically Responsive Single Crystals: Mechanistic Insights into Their Reconfiguration and Actuation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFunctional Crystalline Materials
Discussion Leader: Savannah Zacharias (University of Cape Town, Cape Town)
9:00 am - 9:20 am Mihails Arhangelskis (University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
"In Silico Design of Multi-Component Organic Luminescent Materials"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 am Miranda Perry (University of Limerick, Limerick)
"Crystal Engineering of Ionic Cocrystals"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 am Kristin Hutchins (University of Iowa, Iowa City)
"Highly Conductive Nanocrystals of a Photoreactive Ag(I) Complex"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 10:50 am Simone D'agostino (University of Bologna, Bologna)
"Organic Semiconductors as Potential Sensors for X-Rays. Crystal Engineering of 1,8-Naphthalimide Derivatives and Co-Crystals with Iodine"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmStructural Explorations of the Crystalline Solid State
Discussion Leader: Joel Bernstein (New York University, Abu Dhabi)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Filip Topić (University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä)
"Component Discrimination in the Preparation of Ternary Cocrystals"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm Discussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Ritesh Dubey (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
"The Structural Landscape of Benzoic Acid and Benzoic Acid:Isonicotinamide. Does It Really Exist?"
2:20 pm - 2:45 pm Discussion
2:45 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

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