Can you help us solve the Mystery of the Soup Dragon? It was found, abandoned (presumably by a postman) in Amber’s pigeon-hole, in a black plastic wrapper. He’s not very talkative, just gurgles very softly occasionally, but seems to be happy making a new home in Amber’s office in Chem. Cryst. Any information on the origin of The Soup Dragon would be greatly appreciated.
An undergraduate at Pembroke, Rafal joined us for 5 weeks to carry out a summer research project between his 2nd and 3rd years. Rafal is working on the inclusion compounds of deoxycholic acid, particularly the nature of the host-guest binding and order-disorder phase transitions. When he’s not enjoying chemistry in the lab, Rafal can probably be found working hard in Pembroke College boathouse.
Summer is conference season and the members of Chem. Cryst. have been on the road to the ACA in Boston and the ECM in Bergen. In September, Kirsten will also be attending the 7th International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, to be hosted in Cairns, Australia. Contributions include:
David J. Watkin, Richard I. Cooper & Anna Collins
Z’>1 Structures. Just a Nuisance or Something More Interesting? (ACA; Oral presentation)
Karim J. Sutton, Richard I. Cooper, Kirsten E. Christensen, Amber L. Thompson, David R. Allan & Sarah A. Barnett
Exploiting the Tunable Wavelength Capabilities of Synchrotron Radiation for Small Molecule Single Crystal X-ray Crystallography (ACA; Prize winning oral presentation)
Richard I. Cooper
CRYSTALS: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks (ACA; Oral presentation)
Amber L. Thompson
When Small Molecules Get Large – A Journey into the Unknown (ECM; Oral presentation)
Anthony Linden & Amber L. Thompson
Hot topics and Structures in Molecular Chemistry (ECM; Microsymposium)
Kirsten E. Christensen & Amber L. Thompson
New Challenges in Chemical Crystallography (Aperiodic; Oral presentation)
Congratulations to Karim Sutton, who has been awarded a Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award at the recent American Crystallographic Association annual meeting in Boston.
He presented his recent research determining oxidation states in mixed-valent materials using tunable synchrotron radiation on Diamond beamline I19.
The awards were established to honour the memory of Professor Etter (1943-1992), who was a major contributor to the field of organic solid-state chemistry.