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Similarly to a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail comprising the body of mythological chimera, in certain molecules one can identify fused fragments, so that all of them give rise to a different supramolecular architechures, which also appears closely interconnected, This comparison appears even more profound if we will put together the biological definition of a chimera as “an individual animal whose cells have more than one different genotype” (Ankel-Simons, 2007) and the concept of “genotype−phenotype associations of supramolecular synthons” in crystal design (Mukherjee, 2015). Therefore, following the trend of borrowings from the other disciplines in the language of crystal engineering, such fused long-range supramolecular synthons could be defined as chimeric supramolecular synthons

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This suggest better understanding of the of crystal structures and mechanisms of their formation.


Crystal structure prediction. Well, at least, the structural motives prediction.

Yury Torubaev
N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

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This page is a summary of: Chimeric supramolecular synthons in Ph2Te2(I2)Se, Acta Crystallographica Section C Structural Chemistry, May 2020, International Union of Crystallography, DOI: 10.1107/s2053229620006166.
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