What is it about?
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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Why is it important?
This suggest better understanding of the of crystal structures and mechanisms of their formation.
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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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