to learn about intermolecular interactions in crystals, the whole book, Politzer et al. ’s chapter (which is in Section 3) or to Section 4? This is a difficult choice for a Masters student. I found chapters 4 (Popelier), 5 (Martin Pendas et al. ), 6 (Boto and Contreras-Garcia), 16 (Garcia-Ramos et al. ) and 18 (Gatti and Forni) to be a very well written and useful sub- set of the book itself. I almost got the feeling that a crisp textbook (maybe written by a single author) on charge density methods in Crystal Engineering is the need of the hour because this method is being used increasingly by non-specialists and it addresses the issue of molecules in crystals, even as it calls itself an approach based on atoms in ISSN 2052-5206 Keywords: book review; crystal engineering.
molecules. Similarly, the isolated chapter by Bacchi on the use of crystallographic databases is quite useful for both students and researchers because it updates earlier methodologies and at the same time it does not ignore fundamental principles. As someone who has worked in the area of hydrogen bonding, I felt that the various chapters that deal with this topic in the present book are something of a missed oppor- tunity. There are several standard books on hydrogen bonding even in the context of crystals (Jeffrey and Saenger; Desiraju and Steiner; Gilli and Gilli; Nishio) and the present work could have been an opportunity to bring more focus to this important topic. However, I found many of these hydrogen bonding chapters to be either repeats of what their authors have said in the past or quite preliminary and scattered: beryllium bonds, cation– ± interactions, hydrogen–hydrogen bonds and multicenter bonds are all undoubtedly important.
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