The ability to rationally design and predictably construct crystalline solids has been the hallmark of crystal engineering research. To date, numerous examples of multicomponent crystals comprising organic molecules have been reported. However, the crystal engineering of cocrystals comprising both organic and inorganic chemical units is still poorly understood and mostly unexplored.
Some substances fall apart instead of deforming. Brittle things like ceramic pots etc. How is their structure different from that of a steel rod that can bend and wiggle?