Purpose of the meeting

Since 1974 the Erice crystallographic meetings have become a leading institution pointing the way in areas of rapid development, and allowing interaction between young scientists and leaders in the field. This Course will follow the three principal steps of crystal engineering: design, synthesis and evaluation. It is intended to bring together those who have focused on properties of crystalline materials, analysts of crystal structures, supramolecular chemists and crystallographers to describe and discuss their views on this rapidly developing field.


The following topics will be discussed:


Crystal-directed synthetic strategies - Preparation of coordination polymers - Hydrogen-bonded frameworks, networks, clathrates, nano- and mesotubes - Inclusion compounds - Non-covalent interactions between closed shell atoms - Theoretical calculations of crystal structures and properties - Applications in optoelectronics, second harmonic generation for optical devices, Conductivity and Superconductivity, Charge-transfer and magnetism - Solid state reactions - Nano- and meso-materials - Biomineralization and crystasl growth in biomimetic environments - Kinetics and thermodynamics of molecular crystals and inclusion compounds - Crystal nucleation.

 The following lecturers and leaders for round table discussions and practical workshops have accepted the invitation to be present :

 Christer B. Aakeroy (Kansas State University, USA)
Lia Addadi (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel)
Jerry L. Atwood ( Chemistry Dept., Univ of Missouri, USA)
Christian Bosshard (ETH Hoenggeberg, Zuerich, Switzerland)
Maria J. Calhorda (ITQB/FCUL, Oeiras, Portugal)
Gautam R. Desiraiu (Hyderabad, India)
Peter Friedrich Erk (ZD/Farbenlabor, BASF, Germany)
Hartmut Fuess (Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)
Dante Gatteschi (Chemistry Dept.,Florence University, Italy)
Angelo Gavezzotti (Università di Milano, Italy )
U. Geiser, (Chem. and Mat. Division, Argonne Nat. Lab., USA)
Wais M. Hosseini (Inst. Pasteur, Strasbourg, France)
Juerg Hulliger (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Olivier Kahn (Lab. Sciences Moleculaires, JCMCB, Bordeaux, France)
Andrzej Katrusiak (Dept. Crystal Chemistry, Poznan, Poland)
Olaf Koenig (Molecular Simulations Ltd, Cambridge, England)
Jean-Marie Lehn (ISIS, Universitè L. Pasteur, Strasbourg, France)
Joel S. Miller (Dept. of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA)
Luigi R. Nassimbeni (Dept. of Chemistry, Cape-Town, South Africa)
Geoffrey A. Ozin (Dept. of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada)
Jerry Perlstein (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Rochester, USA)
Pekka Pyykko (Dept. of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Martin U. Schmidt (Clariant, Frankfurt, Germany)
Robin Taylor (CCDC, Cambridge, England)
Donald E.Williams (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Louisville, USA)
Mike J. Zaworotko (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Winnipeg, Canada)

 The course on Crystal Engineering will be held in parallel with a smaller course on Data Mining in Crystallograph. Few lectures will be held jointly.