Richard Cooper

Nov 042014
 

CrystEngComm (2015) 17, 1927-1934 [ doi:10.1039/C4CE01912A ]

heatmapMachine 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

 

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 speakers, among them Professor (Sir) Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. The day will kick off with a screening of Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words, a filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of Dorothy Hodgkin, followed by Q&A with the playwright Georgina Ferry.  Guests will then be welcomed by Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College and Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General of UNESCO.  The academic programme includes a keynote talk and a panel discussion on how crystallography will continue to help solve the world’s great medical problems, after which there will be a drinks reception and a dinner in Hall.

More details are available on the Somerville College website.

Oct 092014
 

gezzaSophie is investigating control of crystallinity in poorly crystalline materials. The project will use results from and provide data for crystallisation prediction calculations carried out as part of Jerome Wicker‘s Part II and DPhil research.

Oct 092014
 

Charlotte is collaborating with researchers at the University of Sydney on the control of spin-crossover properties in molecular and framework materials. She will spend four months of her project in Sydney studying these materials. While not in the lab she enjoys surfing, barbecues and Australian lager.

Oct 082014
 

v14.5481The CRYSTALS v14.5481 installer is now available.

This update fixes usability problems related to new features in the latest series of releases. There may be a problem with OpenGL rendering on ATI graphics cards – please report problems if you see any ‘artefacts’ while viewing crystal structure models.

Version 14.60 onwards are built with a new compiler and libraries – therefore please report any unusual installation or usage problems.

Note the slight change in version numbering (v14.62 -> v14.5481) The minor component now refers to a specific snapshot of the source code enabling us to better identify and fix bugs in older releases.

Changes
See v1460 release for more changes.

Oct 012014
 

Felix is studying, designing and synthesizing quasi-racemic crystal structures to find the key requirements for making stable co-crystalline materials. He is a keen football player, and eager to represent his research group in the annual Chem Cryst vs Goodwin Group grudge match.

Oct 012014
 

MartaMarta is researching porous complexes which can be used in analysis of non-crystalline compounds. Outside of the lab Marta reads crime novels, goes to the theatre, opera and cinema. She also makes a chatty volunteer!

Aug 182014
 

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 pair corresponded regularly. The events in the play are set during a visit by Dorothy to Chequers in 1983 during which she is pushing the case for nuclear disarmament.

Guardian Article: Margaret Thatcher’s Surprising Relationship with Dorothy Hodgkin

Radio 4 website: The Chemistry Between Them

thatcher

Thatcher, c. 1938 (CC-BY4.0)

dorothy hodgkin

Hodgkin

Aug 172014
 

v1460The CRYSTALS v1461 installer is now available.

There are still some usability issues in this release. v1462 is expected soon (October 1st).

This is a bugfix release. It fixes the following problems in v1460: a crash on loading large datasets; line-ending issues with the new built-in editor; freeze in Cameron; display issues with atom labels in CRYSTALS.

Version 1460 and this release are built with a new compiler and libraries – therefore please report any installation or usage problems.

Changes
See v1460 release for changes.