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ISSN: 2053-2296

June 2017 issue

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Cover illustration: The crystal structure of the opthalmic drug prednisolone acetate has been refined using the classical independent atom model (IAM), as well as by using the transferred electron-density parameters from an electron-density database. The results of the two refinements have been compared. Structure-property relationships have been described based on the calculation of electron-density-derived properties. See Shahid, Noureen, Choudhary, Yousuf & Ahmed [Acta Cryst. (2017), C73, 430-436].

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The crystal structure of the opthalmic drug prednisolone acetate has been refined using the classical independent atom model (IAM), as well as by using the transferred electron-density parameters from an electron-density database. The results of the two refinements have been compared. Structure–property relationships have been described based on the calculation of electron-density-derived properties.

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A photochromic one-dimensional magnesium(II) linear coordination polymer has been prepared using the N,N′-bis­(3-carb­oxy­phen­yl)naphthalene-1,8:4,5-tetra­carboximide ligand and exhibits prominent photochromic behaviour upon light irradiation.

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The crystal structures of the first-row transition-metal (Mn to Zn) complexes of the form [M(en)3](OAc)2 (en is ethyl­enedi­amine and OAc is acetate) are presented. The structures are isomorphous, with the [M(en)3]2+ complex cations connected through a series of hydrogen bonds to the acetate ions, generating three-dimensional networks.

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The crystal structures of di-L-phenyl­alanine obtained by slow evaporation of tetra­hydro­furan are presented at two temperatures (100 and 299 K). The hydrogen-bond patterns are different compared to that of crystals grown from water and methanol.

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The mol­ecular structure of a natural di­hydro-β-agaro­furan sesquiterpene, isolated from Maytenus boaria, is reported and its hydrogen-bonded three-dimensional crystal structure discussed.

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Mol­ecules of (Z)-2-(2-phenyl­hydrazinyl­idene)acenaphthen-1(2H)-one (PDAK) are linked together forming face-to-face assemblies held together by inter­molecular C—H⋯O, π–π and C—H⋯π inter­actions. PDAK exhibits a broadband UV–Vis absorption (200–648 nm) and a low HOMO–LUMO energy gap (1.91 eV), while fluorescence quenching experiments provide evidence for electron transfer from the excited state of PDAK to C60.

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Two C-24 epimeric 20(S)-ocotillol-type saponins were synthesized and their structures characterized. One of the epimers was obtained in two different solvate forms which display identical conformations but different crystal packings.

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The hydro­thermal synthesis of a twofold three-dimensional heterometallic metal–organic framework (MOF) involving the 2-methyl­biphenyl-4,4′-di­carboxyl­ate ligand leads to a material that displays an intense blue luminescence.

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In bis­(1,1′-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridine-1,1′-diium) hexa­cyanidoferrate(II) octa­hydrate, the cation is located on a general position and adopts a noncoplanar structure, with a dihedral angle of 40.32 (7)° between the planes of the pyridine rings. In the crystal, layers of electron-donor [Fe(CN)6]4− anions and layers of electron-acceptor cations are stacked in an alternating manner.

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In cocrystals of 5-fluoro­uracil with 5-bromo­thio­phene-2-carb­oxy­lic acid and thio­phene-2-carb­oxy­lic acid, two types of base pairs [R_{2}^{2}(8) homosynthon] and carb­oxy­lic acid dimers [R_{2}^{2}(8) homosynthon] are formed. Both cocrystals display robust R_{2}^{2}(8) supra­molecular synthons, π–π stacking and C—F⋯π inter­actions, leading to supra­molecular architectures.

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In the heteroleptic cuprous complex [Cu(Xantphos)(8-HOXQ)]PF6 [Xantphos is 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis­(di­phenyl­phosphan­yl)-9H-xanthene and 8-HOXQ is 2-methyl­quinolin-8-ol], the hy­droxy group of the N,O-chelating 8-HOXQ ligand remains protonated. TD–DFT (time-dependent density functional theory) studies demonstrate that the yellow phospho­rescence is most likely derived from the emissive (M+L′)→LCT (LCT is ligand charge transfer) excited state.

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Two dinuclear CoII complexes incorporating tetra­dentate 2-meth­oxy-N,N-bis­[(pyridin-2-yl)meth­yl]aniline and N,N-bis­[(pyridin-2-yl)meth­yl]quinolin-8-amine ligands, with the metal centres doubly bridged by two diphenyl phosphate ester groups, have similar structures with distorted octa­hedral geometries around the metal centres. A number of aromatic–aromatic inter­actions present in the crystal lattices stabilize the solid-state structures.

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In a novel AgI coordination polymer based on a dinuclear AgI cluster consisting of three bridging 5-methyl-1,3,4-thia­diazol-2-amine ligands and one bridging pyridine-2,3-di­carboxyl­ate ligand, one AgI atom is located in a four-coordinated AgN4 tetra­hedral geometry and the other AgI atom is in a tetra­hedral AgN3O geometry. Inter­chain N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds extend the one-dimensional chains into an undulating two-dimensional sheet. The sheets are further packed into a three-dimensional supra­molecular framework by inter­chain N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds.

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