Chem. Cryst., Oxford

CrystalsThe Chemical Crystallography Group and X-ray Crystallography Facility are located in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, Mansfield Road, Oxford. X-ray crystallography was established in Oxford in 1929 and has been part of the Department of Chemistry since 1946.

In addition to world-class X-ray diffraction facilities, Chem. Cryst. has an active research group and is home to the CRYSTALS software project.  We also have a number of projects available for undergraduate Part II chemists in the coming year.

Nov 012013
 

In celebration of the Bragg centenary, a short animated film has been released which details the journey of X-ray crystallography from the work of Max von Laue right up to the present day. The film was produced for the Royal Institution as part of the Ri Crystallography Collection

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Sep 092013
 
Red Kite Meeting IV - September 2013

The fourth meeting of the Red Kite Network was held on Monday 9th September 2013, at Diamond Light Source.

The meeting included a tour of the synchrotron and a full programme of talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of synchrotron radiation as a structural probe.

Programme
1:15 pm Dr. Harriott Nowell (Diamond) Introduction … Read the rest

Aug 282013
 
ECM 2013

This year the European Crystsallographic Meeting was hosted in the UK for the first time since 1977. The meeting at the University of Warwick co-incided with the Bragg Centenary and included a fantastic collection of historical artefacts associated with the Braggs including scientific instruments, models, letters, portraits and notebooks organized by Mike Glazer and Pam … Read the rest

Aug 092013
 
ICCOSS 2013

The 21st International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State was held from 5th-9th August 2013 at St Catherine’s College in Oxford. ICCOSS deals with various aspects of the crystalline state and reactivity of organic and hybrid materials from preparation to characterization. It includes the investigation of crystal structures and supramolecular architectures, crystal … Read the rest

Jul 242013
 
ACA 2013 - Double Award Winners

The Annual Meeting of the American Crytsallographic Association was held from July 20-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The programme included a broad range of crystallographic topics on structure validation, materials for a sustainable future, structural enzymology, thin films, data mining, and neutron & synchrotron sources.

Karim Sutton represented Chem Cryst, and was awarded a Margaret C. … Read the rest

May 232013
 
Plants and Crystallography: Summer Science Strolls

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden has organised a series of guided science walks through the Botanic Garden this summer.

Richard Cooper will be leading the first walk on 30th May entitled “How Do we Know what Molecules Look Like?”  A rich variety of molecules occur naturally in plants and some have incredible properties: from … Read the rest

May 152013
 
Software Optimisation Tools

Crystallographic structure refinement can involve hundreds of millions of calculations for a single iteration of structure refinement. The following freely available tools help identify bottlenecks in software implementations, and allow testing of potentially faster algorithms and compiler options. A time-critical portion of code from the crystallographic refinement package CRYSTALS is analysed here.

Mar 122013
 
Chem. Cryst. at the Big Bang Fair 14th-17th March 2013

The Big Bang Fair is a free educational event open to visiting school groups that happens in March every year moving round the country. It works with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK, aimed at … Read the rest

Jan 172013
 
Pidgeon Catches Kite at RKIII

The third Red Kite Meeting was very well attended and comments from attendees indicated that it was very well received.  As well as Richard Cooper chairing the first session, contributions from Chem. Cryst. included posters from Will Brennan, George Pidgeon, Olivia Shehata, Karim Sutton and Jerome Wicker and a presentation from Kirsten Christensen on modulated … Read the rest