Crystals MDPI, sponsors or the AICS2023, proposed to organize a special issue on Electron Diffraction as a virtual satellite event of the school. Crystals is an Open Access journal. A special waiver for publication is offered for the school attendees.
Interest in electron diffraction (ED) has significantly increased in the last ten years, in parallel with the automation of routines for data collection, usually performed with a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The long-standing issue of multi-scattering (dynamic effects) typical of in-zone oriented patterns was significantly mitigated by the possibility of performing three-dimensional, single-crystal-like data acquisition. This protocol, generally referred to as three-dimensional electron diffraction (3DED) or microcrystal electron diffraction (MicroED), allows for the acquisition of structural data from single crystals with sizes of a few microns to a few tens of nanometers, regardless of the nearby presence of other phases. Therefore, 3DED was successful for the structure determination of a number of inorganic and organic new compounds that were previously considered intractable by X-ray diffraction methods. Moreover, ED is more sensitive to light atoms, ionic charges and the absolute structure in chiral compounds. Such potential can be fully exploited through a careful structural refinement that considers the residual dynamical effects.
This Special Issue aims to cover different aspects of 3DED, with particular reference to the aspects discussed during the “International School of the Italian Crystallography Association AICS2023 Electron Crystallography: A Deep Dive into Nanocrystals” conference.
Dr. Paolo Mazzeo
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