Crystal engineering

The toolbox for chemical analysis is steadily becoming more reliant on single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), especially in instances where the compound identity is completely unknown from other more routine analyses such as NMR. Whilst modern advances in XRD have streamlined and simplified the acquisition and solving of crystal structures, in many cases an experienced crystallographer and chemist are still required to ascertain the correct answer. Such challenges as this, and the lessons learnt, can be applied to other more difficult challenges, such as in the crystallography of heavy metal clusters and supramolecular scaffolds that are of interest to our group. To this end a families of discrete coordination complexes can be synthesised as archetypes for more complex systems, and their properties investigated.