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Crystal Engineering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Functional Cocrystals


June 25-26, 2016


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT


Rajesh Goud Nagula & Jonathan C. Bennion

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Crystal Engineering is an excellent opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists with similar levels of experience to come together to exchange their research progress and share cutting edge ideas.

This seminar will focus on the design and applications of cocrystals in the context of crystal engineering. Major emphasis will be placed on understanding the pivotal role of the palette of non-covalent interactions in tailoring these multi-component assemblies for applications in pharmaceutical, energetic, electronic, mechanical, and optical fields. Comprehending the diverse applications of cocrystals, and their principles of synthesis, will be an enriching experience designed to influence future research interests and collaborations among researchers in these areas.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Crystal Engineering" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Functional Cocrystals
Discussion Leader: Laura Pfund (Merck and Co., USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmWilliam Jones (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Cocrystals and Other Multicomponent Systems – Retrospect and Prospect"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDesign, Synthesis and Application of Cocrystals
Discussion Leader: Andrew Duncan (University of Iowa, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJanaka Gamekkanda Gamaethige (Kansas State University, USA)
"Stabilization of Energetic Materials Through Cocrystallization"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMichael Sinnwell (University of Iowa, USA)
"Halogen-Bond Templated [2+2] Photodimerizations in the Solid State"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMatthew Cooper (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Strategies for Engineering Acentrism for Organic Funtional Materials"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmSubhankar Saha (Indian Institute of Science, India)
"Using Structural Modularity in Cocrystals to Engineer Properties: Elasticity"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amHydrogen Bonds and Halogen Bonds in Crystal Engineering
Discussion Leader: Marina Solomos (Georgetown University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amLeslie Vogt (New York University, USA)
"Calculating Relative Stabilities for Polymorphs and Cocrystals of Energetic Materials"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amBhupinder Sandhu (Kansas State University, USA)
"Designing Ternary Co-Crystals Using Hydrogen and Halogen Bonding"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amBozumeh Som (University of South Carolina, USA)
"Structural Investigation of Halogen Bonded Co-Crystals of Pyridyl Bis-Urea Macrocycle with Diiodotetrafluorobenzenes"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMarc Little (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
"Trapping Virtual Pores by Crystal Retro-Engineering"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPharmaceutical Applications of Cocrystals
Discussion Leader: Durga Prasad Karothu (New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmKortney Kersten (The University of Michigan, USA)
"Utilizing Multicomponent Crystals to Improve the Bioavailability of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmIgor Huskic (McGill University, Canada)
"A Simple Setup for In Situ Monitoring of Vapour-Induced Reactions of Pharmaceutical Organic Solids Using a Benchtop Powder X-Ray Diffractometer"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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