Institution name and department

University of Limerick, Dpt of Chemical Science & Bernal Institute

Position held





AD0-024, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Co Limerick, Ireland



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Key words


Solid Solutions

Mixed Crystals








Areas of Research/Expertise

I am interested in synthetic crystallography whereby new crystalline materials can be made rational assembling molecular components. To this end I exploit solution as well as solid state techniques (expecially manual grinding). Recently I have focus this interest towards the investigation of solid solutions and mechanical properties of molecular crystals.


5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

[1]       Adams, C. J.; Colquhoun, H. M.; Crawford, P. C.; Lusi, M.; Orpen, A. G., Solid-State Interconversions of Coordination Networks and Hydrogen-Bonded Salts. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2007, 46 (7), 1124-1128.

[2]       Lusi, M.; Atwood, J. L.; MacGillivray, L. R.; Barbour, L. J., Isostructural coordination polymers: epitaxis vs. solid solution. CrystEngComm 2011, 13 (13), 4311-4313.

[3]       Adams, C. J.; Lusi, M.; Mutambi, E. M.; Guy Orpen, A., Two-step solid-state synthesis of PEPPSI-type compounds. Chemical Communications 2015, 51 (47), 9632-9635.

[4]       Cruz-Cabeza, A. J.; Lestari, M.; Lusi, M., Cocrystals Help Break the “Rules” of Isostructurality: Solid Solutions and Polymorphism in the Malic/Tartaric Acid System. Crystal Growth & Design 2018, 18 (2), 855-863.

[5]       Lestari, M.; Lusi, M., A mixed molecular salt of lithium and sodium breaks the Hume-Rothery rules for solid solutions. Chemical Communications 2019, 55 (16), 2297-2300.


5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry

[1]       Schur, E.; Nauha, E.; Lusi, M.; Bernstein, J., Kitaigorodsky Revisited: Polymorphism and Mixed Crystals of Acridine/Phenazine. Chemistry – A European Journal 2015, 21 (4), 1735-1742.

[2]       Lusi, M., Engineering Crystal Properties through Solid Solutions. Crystal Growth & Design 2018, 18 (6), 3704-3712.

[3]       Qing‐Yuan, Y.; Prem, L.; Susan, S.; Matteo, L.; Kai‐Jie, C.; Wen‐Yang, G.; Mohana, S.; Tony, P.; Nobuhiko, H.; Shinpei, K.; J., P. J.; Shengqian, M.; Brian, S.; J., B. L.; Susumu, K.; J., Z. M., Reversible Switching between Highly Porous and Nonporous Phases of an Interpenetrated Diamondoid Coordination Network That Exhibits Gate‐Opening at Methane Storage Pressures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57 (20), 5684-5689.

[4]       Kavanagh, O. N.; Walker, G.; Lusi, M., Graph-Set Analysis Helps To Understand Charge Transfer in a Novel Ionic Cocrystal When the ΔpKa Rule Fails. Crystal Growth & Design 2019, 19 (9), 5308-5313.

[5]       Khandavilli, U. B. R.; Lusi, M.; Frawley, P. J., Plasticity in zwitterionic drugs: the bending properties of Pregabalin and Gabapentin and their hydrates. IUCrJ 2019, 6 (4).


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