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The 1st International Electronic Conference on Crystals


Welcome from the Conference Chair

You are cordially invited to participate in the 1st International Electronic Conference on Crystals. This is a new initiative which offers the opportunity for researchers engaged in the study of crystalline materials to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues. We take full advantage of the Internet, removing the need to travel and participation expenses.

As this is the first conference on Crystals, sponsored by the MDPI open access journal Crystals, it will be rather general. During the last few years, many significant advances have been made on the structure determinations and theoretical understanding of crystalline or quasi-crystalline substances. This stems from advances in experimental (both diffractometric and spectroscopic) and computational techniques for research in many different areas, from pharmaceutical, to materials, to biomolecular science, to cite a few. Taking inspiration from the Section scheme of Crystals, we envision a conference organized around the following themes:

Liquid Crystals

Biomolecular Crystals

Crystal Engineering

Interactions in Crystal Structures and Crystal Engineering

Nano- and Two-Dimensional Crystals

Photonic, Phononic and Plasmonic Crystals

This is a virtual conference held at www.sciforum.net/. Sciforum.net is a platform developed and sponsored by MDPI to organize electronic conferences, and to provide our community with the technical support for hosting our digital conferences. This platform has been established in response to the high demand from our community whom might not always have the required material and human resources for travelling and participating physically in high quality scientific events.

This Crystals Conference will provide participants with the unique opportunity to disseminate among their peers, in an open forum, their knowledge and latest research findings in the field of Crystallography and immediately receive feedback from the virtual audience.

The participation is free of charge—both for authors and attendees. Accepted papers will be gathered in the Proceedings of the conference. Selected extended versions of the papers will be published in journal Crystals with a discount of 20% on the Article Processing Charge.

Prof. Dr. Alberto Girlando

Dipartimento di Chimica, Parma University, Italy

Alberto Girlando is a retired Professor of Chemical Physics. He is currently Research Guest at the Department of Chemistry, Life Science and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Parma, Italy. Alberto Girlando earned the Laurea degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Padova University, where he started his academic career. During sabbatical leave (1979), he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Research Laboratories of San José (California). In 1987, he was appointed full Professor in Chemical Physics, and moved to Parma University. The scientific interests of Prof. Girlando have been mainly focused on the study of molecular materials characterized by special electrical and optical properties, namely, charge-transfer crystals, organic metals and superconductors, and organic semiconductors. In such studies, detailed spectroscopic measurements (polarized absorption and reflectance, Raman, and microspectro- photometric techniques) have always been associated with the development of interpretative models and quantum chemical computational methods. The electron–phonon coupling, both intra-molecular and inter-molecular, in the presence of important electron–electron interactions is the focus of the theoretical developments. On the experimental side, particular attention is devoted to the pressure- and temperature-induced phase transitions and to the characterization of ultrathin organic films grown by a variety of techniques (self-assembled, Langmuir–Blodgett, molecular beams). Prof. Girlando is author of more than 170 publications in international refereed journals, and of approximately just as many communications to scientific conferences. He is a member of the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI), of the Americal Physical Society (APS) and of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He acts as a referee for several APS and ACS journals, and has been recently acknowledged as "Outstanding Referee" of APS Physical Review B and Physical Review Letters. He is a member of the Editorial board of the MDPI journal Crystals.

Prof. Dr. Abel Moreno

Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, 04510, Mexico

Professor Moreno was awarded a B.Sc. in chemistry by the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) in 1990; a Ph.D. in chemistry was awarded by the University of Granada (Spain) in 1995. Currently, he is Professor of Biological and Physical Chemistry (category "Titular C") at the Institute of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He is a distinguished member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI) level 3 (the highest in the categories for Mexican scientists). He is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences and of the Mexican and American Chemical Societies. Prof. Moreno has been a visiting professor in a sabbatical year at the University of Cambridge (England, 2009) and at the University of Strasbourg (France, 2003-2004). He has further been a visiting scientist at the University of Luebeck and at the Institute of Crystal Growth (IKZ) Berlin (Germany, February 2004), at the University of Tohoku (Japan, Autumn 2003), at the Imperial College London (United Kingdom in 1999 and 2000), and at the University of California Riverside (USA, 1997). He has published more than 95 papers in prestigious international journals. He is the author of six books regarding his specialty in biological crystallogenesis, crystallochemistry, and in biomineralization processes and a further 15 book chapters. Prof. Moreno was the former President of the International Organization for Biological Crystallization from 2010 to 2012 (IOBCr). He is also a member of the international advisory board of the Commission of Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials of the International Union of Crystallography; a member of the Mexican Society of Chemistry, Crystallography and a regular member of the American Chemical Society, New York Academy of Sciences and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Professor Moreno is an expert in protein crystallization, crystal growth methods, crystallochemistry, biomineralization, and structural research using x-ray diffraction, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. His work and research contributions have been applied to biological chemistry and biomedical sciences. Prof. Moreno is a leading scientist in protein crystallogenesis, crystal growth, protein crystallochemistry, and biomineralization processes in Latin America.