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 172014
 
Toward the Understanding of Modulation in Molecular Materials: Barluenga's Reagent and its Analogues (Y. Kim, E.J. Mckinley, K.E. Christensen, N.H. Rees, and A.L. Thompson)

Crystal Growth & Design (2014). ASAP Article. [ doi:10.1021/cg500983s ]

Investigations into the phase transition of Barluenga’s reagent revealed a transient incommensurately modulated phase. To understand the origin of the modulated phase and the chemistry that can affect it, analogues of Barluenga’s reagent were synthesized and studied. In this context, the halogen and anion can … Read the rest

Nov 162014
 
 Will it crystallise? Predicting crystallinity of molecular materials (J.G.P. Wicker and R.I. Cooper)

CrystEngComm (2015). Advance Article. [ doi:10.1039/C4CE01912A ]

Machine learning algorithms can be used to create models which separate molecular materials which will form good-quality crystals from those that will not, and predict how synthetic modifications will change the crystallinity.

Chemistry World Article: Will It Crystallise

Publisher’s copy

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Oct 142014
 

UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography will join Somerville this October to host a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the award of Professor Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Symposium will take place in Oxford on Wednesday 29th October and will feature a number of distinguished … Read the rest

Aug 182014
 
The Chemistry Between Them

The Chemistry Between Them, a new play by Adam Ganz will be first broadcast on Radio 4 on Wednesday 20th August at 14:15. The play examines the life-long friendship between Nobel Prize winning crystallographer Professor Dorothy Hodgkin and her former student (and Chem. Cryst. alumna) Margaret Thatcher. Despite their extremely different political viewpoints, the … Read the rest

Aug 172014
 
IUCr 2014

The triennial congress of the International Union of Crystallography was held in Montreal over 8 days in August 2014.

Contributions to the meeting from Chem. Cryst. staff and students included:

Richard I. Cooper and James A. Arnold:
Displacement Parameter Restraints for Dealing with Limited Data

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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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