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.

Jun 172014
 
Croquet-llography 2014

Congratulations to Karim Sutton, Jerome Wicker and Rajiv Gogna from Chem Cryst, together with some guy from engineering, for making it to the finals of the 2014 University inter-college croquet tournament. This is a truly ridiculous feat and we wish them the best of luck next year!

Rajiv lines up for a hoop

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Jun 072014
 
Co-crystal Palace vs. Real Space Madrid

On June 7th 2014 the first of an irregular series of crystallography five-a-side grudge matches took place: Chem Cryst’s “Co-crystal Palace” stormed to victory over the Goodwin Group’s “Real Space Madrid”.

l-r: Mark “Wozza’ Warren, Karim Sutton, Jerome Q Wicker, Richard ‘Scooby’ Cooper, Rajiv Gogna and Sam Joyner

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Jun 022014
 
Crystals at the Garden

An exhibition is running at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden throughout June and includes crystals, lab equipment, and stories of cutting edge and historical science from the Department of Chemistry and the Chemical Crystallography group.

Open until June 27th 2014 – all ages welcome. Free with admission to the Garden (admission is free for … Read the rest

May 062014
 
National Chemical Landmark Award celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Head of Department, Professor Tim Softley, unveils the RSC Chemical Landmark Award

The Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded a new National Chemical Landmark blue plaque to the University of Oxford Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s only female Nobel Prize winner and to coincide with the UN International Year of … Read the rest

Apr 112014
 
2014 British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting

The 2014 British Crystallographic Meeting Spring Meeting took place at the University of Loughborough from 7th – 10th April. The meeting took place during the International Year of Crystallography and therefore had a theme of “Looking to the future, learning from the past”.

Contributions originating from Chem. Cryst.  included:

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Mar 152014
 
Crystals at the Museum of History of Science

On 15th March, the Museum of the History of Science in Broad Street, Oxford hosted a ‘Crystals Day’ as part of their long-running crystals exhibition in the museum basement gallery.

Hands-on activities were run by Diamond Light Source (including their lego beamline), volunteers from the Solar Fuels outreach team from Chemistry and live crystal … Read the rest

Mar 142014
 
Crystallography for Schools

A-level students from a range of schools attended a one-day course at the Museum of the History of Science and the Department of Chemistry in Oxford to find out about the science and applications of crystallography. In the morning they discovered how symmetry plays important role in the structure and diffraction of crystals in a … Read the rest

Jan 202014
 
Red Kite V Meeting - January 2014

Once again, the weather contrived to cause problems, this time with flooding causing closures to both the Botley and the Abingdon Roads.  Despite this, the speakers and organisers and, more importantly cake and lunch (!) all arrived in time even though some of the delegates were unable come (for those who missed it, the program … Read the rest