Crystal lattice dynamics impact a wide range of bulk physical properties, from thermal expansion to superconductivity. This Virtual Special Issue of Crystal Growth & Design seeks to highlight cutting-edge work in this critical area of condensed phase study.

Lattice Dynamics Call for Papers

While the relationship between lattice structure and crystal properties is a well-established area of study, the role of specific vibrational motions on crucial condensed phase properties has only recently been uncovered. This discovery has opened up new and exciting areas of research, including phase transformations, mechanical and thermomechanical responses, charge carrier dynamics, and gas adsorption in porous crystals. The dynamic lattice plays a profound role in dictating both the equilibrium properties of materials as well as their response to external stimuli.

Lattice dynamics occur across a large frequency range and involve a variety of vibrational modes that are often interconnected. This complexity requires new experimental tools to probe the lattice dynamics and, from a theoretical perspective, there exists significant opportunity to understand the properties of crystals through the lens of atomic and molecular dynamics.

This Virtual Special Issue of Crystal Growth & Design seeks to highlight this critical area of condensed phase study and to showcase cutting-edge work and applications involving crystalline dynamics.

Topics in this Virtual Special Issue will include, but are not limited to:

  • Spectroscopy (e.g., vibrational, electronic, and dielectric)
  • Salient crystals
  • Thermal properties (e.g., negative thermal expansion)
  • Polymorphism
  • Flexible and dynamic framework structures (e.g., MOFs and COFs)
  • Photomechanical processes
  • Electron-phonon coupling
  • Mechanical properties (e.g., plasticity, elasticity, ferroelasticity, superelasticity)
  • Solid-state reactivity (e.g., topochemical reactions)
  • Crystals in extreme conditions
  • Diffusion phenomena (e.g., self-healing crystals)
  • Molecular machines


  • Professor Jonathan W. Steed, Durham University (United Kingdom)

Guest Editors

  • Prof. Christopher J. Bardeen, University of California, Riverside
  • Dr. Luca Catalano, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Prof. Kristin M. Hutchins, Texas Tech University
  • Prof. Michael T. Ruggiero, University of Vermont

Submission Deadline

  • August 1, 2023

Author Instructions

To submit your manuscript, visit the Crystal Growth & Design website. Please follow the procedures for manuscript submission and, in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue “Lattice Dynamics.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous editorial peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Crystal Growth & Design Author Guidelines.

Submit your manuscript by August 1, 2023.

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