Special Issue "Crystalline Phases Under Extreme Conditions"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomolecular Crystals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Katarzyna Kurpiewska
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Guest Editor
Department of Crystal Chemistry and Crystal Physics, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Krakow, Poland
Interests: structural biology; biocrystallography; high-pressure protein crystallography; structure determination; X-ray diffraction; molecular architecture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Subjecting matter to extreme conditions opens a new level in our understanding of the structure of materials, which can originate from a wide range of sources. Investigation of the behavior of inorganic and organic materials as well as biomolecules subjected to high pressure or high temperature reveals a multitude of fascinating phenomena. For many years the development of high-pressure techniques was prevented by technical obstacles. Currently the number of methods which make it possible to shift protocols from standard to extreme conditions has greatly increased. State-of-the-art diamond anvil cells make it possible to achieve giant ranges of pressure, thus with a promise of unexpected and thrilling outcomes, extreme conditions can be applied to disciplines covering chemistry, biology, physics, geology and material science.

With this Special Issue of Crystals we would like to address the broad ground in the application of extreme-conditions crystallography, but also to introduce readers to the most recent scientific developments. The topics will refer to high-pressure single-crystal and powder diffraction in order to present different faces and phases of materials under extreme conditions. Additionally, this Special Issue is open to reviews from the scientists responsible for the development in the field presenting the latest achievements of available sources for extreme conditions work (synchrotrons, neutrons and free-electron lasers).

Dr. Katarzyna Kurpiewska
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • high-pressure crystallography
  • application of pressure to biomaterials
  • high-pressure synthesis of functional materials
  • physical and chemical properties of materials under high pressure
  • phase transitions under extreme conditions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

ZnO Under Pressure: From Nanoparticles to Single Crystals

Andrei N. Baranov 1 and Vladimir L. Solozhenko 2

1    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

2    University Sorbonne Paris Nord, Villetaneuse, France


DNA Crystals Under High Pressure—from A to Z

Thierry Prangé 1, Nathalie Colloc’h 2, Anne-Claire Dhaussy 3 and Eric Girard 4

1    LCRB, UMR 8015 CNRS Université Paris Descartes, 4 avenue de l’Observatoire, 75270, Paris, France

2    ISTCT CNRS UNICAEN CEA Normandie Univ., CERVOxy team, centre Cyceron, 14000, Caen, France

3    CRISTMAT UMR 6508 CNRS ENSICAEN UNICAEN Normandie Univ., 6 bd du Maréchal Juin, 14050, Caen, France

4    Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), Université Grenoble Alpes, CEA, CNRS, 38044, Grenoble, France

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