Crystal engineering is an emerging science that tries to achieve control over the crystallization process with the focus on designing crystal structures with controlled and understood functions. It has strong overlap with nanoscience, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and solid state chemistry, and yet it is a distinct discipline in itself. The diversity in both focus and scientific basis of the researchers involved in the field has led to numerous practices that are not consistent among research groups, causing much confusion and unnecessary conflicts.

– To produce guidelines for terminology (glossary of terms) in the area of crystal engineering using inputs from multiple scientific disciplines where crystal engineering is applied;
– To ensure that these guidelines are accepted and used by a large number of researchers in different fields;
– To have these guidelines implemented or referred to in the instructions to authors of scientific journals and regulatory agencies and patent offices.

Start: 01 April 2014

Duration: 24 months

Lead Applicant: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

Supporting Applicants:
International Union of Crystallography (IUCr);
US National Academy of Science;
US National Committee to IUPAC.

Chairman: Pierangelo Metrangolo

Core Group: Christer Aakeröy, Gautam R. Desiraju, Len McGillivray, Giuseppe Resnati, Jagadese J. Vittal, Mike Zaworotko,