Date: 15 Dec 2003

Crystal Engineering Using Multiple Hydrogen Bonds

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Abstract

Crystal engineering is the branch of supramolecular chemistry concerned with the design and synthesis of extended structures with predictable form and function. In this chapter, the use of hydrogen bonds to generate one-, two- and three-dimensional structures is discussed, with the different strategies employed compared. The review concentrates on systems in which two or more hydrogen bonds link components together, and extended structures based on both one and two components are highlighted. Parallels are drawn between crystal engineering using purely organic components, and the more recent extension to the inclusion of coordination and organometallic complexes.