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Crystal Polymorphism and Multiple Crystal Forms

  • Dario Braga
  • Fabrizia Grepioni
  • Lucia Maini
  • Marco Polito


This chapter discusses the phenomenon of polymorphism in organic and organometallic compounds. Polymorphism is first introduced and then, to give the work some context, background information is given concerning properties and techniques for characterizing the solid phases. In particular, desolvation and interconverstion are examined, and the gas–solid reactions are presented as a successful route to obtaining new crystalline phases. Co-crystal definition is then described and the problem in distinguishing co-crystals and salts is evaluated.


Co-crystal Hydrogen bond Organic salt Polymorphism Solid-gas reaction Solid-state NMR Solvate X-ray diffraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dario Braga
    • 1
  • Fabrizia Grepioni
    • 1
  • Lucia Maini
    • 1
  • Marco Polito
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di chimica G. CiamicianUniversità degli Studi di BolognaItaly

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