Structural studies of molecular materials under conditions of variable pressures and temperatures form an essential part of high-pressure crystallography. The high compressibility of these materials makes them excellent systems for examining in detail the relationship between molecular structure and physical and chemical properties. In general, the more complex molecular materials by their very nature exhibit a variety of interactions among the constituent atoms—from weak intermolecular interactions such as van der Waals or hydrogen bonding combined with stronger interactions of the covalent, ionic, and metallic type. Thus, compression studies provide a means to examine the large changes in these interactions with...

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