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 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., Just Accepted Manuscript 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. We … Read the rest

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 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, it … 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

Apr 022016
 
SCANZ 2016

The 30th biennial conference of the Society of Crystallographers of Australia and New Zealand (Crystal30) was held in Hobart, Tasmania in March 2016.
Richard Cooper gave a keynote entitled “Routine problems and non-routine solutions in single crystal structure analyses” in which he discussed the use of the CRYSTALS software (and other tools) to address commonly … Read the rest

Mar 072016
 
Absolute structure determination using CRYSTALS (R.I. Cooper, D.J. Watkin and H.D. Flack)

Acta. Cryst. (2016) C72, 261-267 [ doi:10.1107/S2053229616003570 ]

A study of post-refinement absolute structure determination using previously published data was carried out using the CRYSTALS software package. We show that absolute structure determination may be carried out optimally using the analyses available in CRYSTALS, and that it is not necessary to have the … Read the rest