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.

Jul 062017
Will They Co-crystallize? (J.G.P. Wicker,  L.M. Crowley,  O. Robshaw,  E.J. Little,  S. Stokes,  R.I. Cooper  and  S.E. Lawrence)

CrystEngComm Accepted Manuscript (2017) [ doi:10.1039/C7CE00587C ]

A data-driven approach to predicting co-crystal formation reduces the number of experiments required to successfully produce new co-crystals. A machine learning algorithm trained on an in-house set of co-crystallization experiments results in a 2.6-fold enrichment of successful co-crystal formation in a ranked list of co-formers, using an unseen … Read the rest

Jun 202017
A publicly available crystallisation data set and its application in machine learning (M. Pillong, C. Marx, P. Piechon, J.G.P. Wicker, R.I. Cooper and T. Wagner)

CrystEngComm Accepted Manuscript (2017) [ doi:10.1039/C7CE00738H ]

We present here the crystallisation outcomes for 319 publicly available compounds in up to 18 different solvents spread over 5710 individual single solvent evaporation trials. The recorded data is part of a much larger, corresponding in-house database and includes both positive as well as negative crystallisation outcomes. Such … Read the rest

Apr 202017
BCA Poster Prizes for Laura and James

Congratulations to Part II students Laura Fenwick and James Walker who both won poster prizes awarded by the Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association at the Annual Spring Meeting in Lancaster.

Laura’s poster “Measuring and controlling dissolution rates of pharmaceutical materials by co-crystal formation” reported dissolution rate studies of tablets of pure paracetamol … Read the rest

Nov 242016
Beyond Rotatable Bond Counts: Capturing 3D Conformational Flexibility in a Single Descriptor (J.G.P. Wicker and R.I. Cooper)J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (12), 2347–2352 doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00565 A new molecular descriptor, nConf20, based on chemical connectivity, is presented which captures the accessible conformational space of a molecule. Currently the best available 2-dimensional descriptors for quantifying the flexibility of a particular molecule are the rotatable bond count (RBC) and the Kier flexibility index.
Nov 232016
CRYSTALS simple structure analysis demonstrationThe short video below runs through one of the demo structures that is included with the CRYSTALS structure analysis package from data import to production of CIF files. It is a quick introduction to the features available and does not go into great detail. If you're looking for a quick overview of a structure analysis, then start here. Read more...
Sep 192016
Why direct and post-refinement determinations of absolute structure may give different results (D.J. Watkin and R.I. Cooper)

Acta. Cryst. (2016) B72 661-683 (Feature Article) [ doi:10.1107/S2052520616012890 ]

Direct determination of the Flack parameter as part of the structure refinement procedure usually gives different, though similar, values to post-refinement methods. The source of this discrepancy has been probed by analysing a range of data sets taken from the recent literature. Most significantly, … Read the rest

Aug 022016
Report on the sixth blind test of organic crystal structure prediction methods (A. M. Reilly, R. I. Cooper, C. S. Adjiman, S. Bhattacharya, A. D. Boese ...

Acta. Cryst. (2016) B72(4), 439-459 [ doi:10.1107/S2052520616007447 ] A. M. Reilly, R. I. Cooper, C. S. Adjiman, S. Bhattacharya, A. D. Boese, J. G. Brandenburg, P. J. Bygrave, R. Bylsma, J. E. Campbell, R. Car, D. H. Case, R. Chadha, J. C. Cole, K. Cosburn, H. M. Cuppen, F. Curtis, G. M. Day, … Read the rest

Apr 082016
2016 British Crystallographic Association Meeting

The 2016 British Crystallographic Meeting Spring Meeting took place at the University of Nottingham from 4th – 7th April. Contributions from Chem. Cryst. staff and students were:

Jerome G. P. Wicker, Bill I. F. David & Richard I. Cooper
When will it Crystallise? (Talk in session: From Amorphous to Crystal)

Jo Baker & Richard … Read the rest