It has been suggested that some phase transitions and certain polymorphic systems can best be understood in higher dimensions. Verifying these proposals could revolutionize our understanding of phase transitions and polymorphism – areas critical to the pharmaceutical industry. If we can understand what happens during a phase transition and link polymorphs together in higher dimensions we will gain a better understanding for solid-state reactions.
Gaining this information raises the question of whether it is possible to build solid state molecular structures that are modulated by design. Can we choose a combination of metal and organic molecules, in such a way that modulation will occur? If we can start to design the solid state, it follows that we will also be able to tailor the physical properties to suit specific needs.