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The Next X Convention on Crystal Forms – CF @ Bo 10 Will take place in Bologna 9- 11 June 2019

The meeting brings together young and senior scientists from academy and industry in an informal, highly productive, dense but relaxed, two and half days forum focused on the state of the art on the investigation of crystal polymorphism, salts, co-crystals, solvated and amorphous solids, their characterization and use in the pharma and agrochemical sectors. Intellectual property issues will also be discussed. As for all previous meetings of this series initiated in 2006, CF@Bo n. 10 is organized jointly by the group of Molecular Crystal Engineering of the University of Bologna, the oldest University of the western world, and by the former spinoff company PolyCrystalLine spa. The convention will begin on Sunday 9 June at 2 p.m. at the University of Bologna, and proceed on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 at the Aemilia Hotel close to the University and the town centre. Early bird registration will be open in January 2019. As we are beginning to organize the scientific programme we are happy to inform that a number of scientists from university, research centres and companies have already expressed their interest in contributing (see below). Further contributions are expected. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their work in the poster session that will take place in the afternoon of Monday 10.

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Crystal engineering is making crystals with a purpose.

What this purpose could be depends on the motivations of the experimentalist and could be utilitarian, aesthetical or driven by curiosity, or a combination of these factors. Scientists have always dreamt of being able to obtain materials with desired properties starting from a knowledge of the properties of the molecular/ionic components of choice and of their spatial distribution and of the intermolecular interactions in the solid. ­ The number and type of useful crystalline materials that can be, at least in principle, obtained on the basis of the crystal engineering paradigm is limited only by the imagination of the “crystal maker”, and the applications span from pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, to nutraceuticals and cosmetics, from chiral resolution to solid solutions, from photoelectronics to solid state photoreactivity, and imply the ability to prepare and characterize molecular materials, molecular salts, cocrystals, coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks.

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