Sep 012010
Structure of the Month - September 2010

Presented by:  Dr. Nathan L. Kilah, Matthew D. Wise, Christopher J. Serpell, Nicholas G. White, Dr. Kirsten E. Christensen & Dr. Amber L. Thompson
Research Leader:  Prof.
Paul D. Beer
Published:  Journal of the American Chemical Society

This structure represents the first use of solution phase halogen bonding to control and facilitate the anion templated … Read the rest

Aug 012010
Structure of the Month - August 2010

Presented by:  Dmitry Kondratiuk, Johannes Sprafke & Dr. Amber L. Thompson.
Research Leader:  Prof. Harry L. Anderson
Published: Journal of the American Chemical Society

Molecules with many strongly coupled π-electrons exhibit unique optical and electronic behaviour because of the way they interact with electric fields, particularly high-frequency optical fields.  The crystals of this material are … Read the rest

Jul 292010

The ACA was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL.  Contributions from Chem. Cryst. include:

James Haestier, Amber L. Thompson, David J. Watkin, George C. Feast, Jeremy Robertson & Lee Page
Why is P21/n a Standard Non-Standard Space Group? (Poster)

Amber L. Thompson & David J. Watkin
Unpublishable” Data:  Does My R-factor Read the rest

Jun 152010

Dr David Watkin, an Honorary Member of the BCA, has been awarded the 2010 Fankuchen Award by the American Crystallographic Association. The award recognizes contributions to crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of crystallography.

The Award will be presented at the ACA Annual Meeting in New Orleans 2011 at … Read the rest

Apr 152010
BCA Spring Meeting 2010

Susan Huth presents Kirsten Christensen with the Durward Cruickshank Award

The final dinner of the British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting in Warwick was interrupted, as always, with the prize winning awards. Amber Thompson was awarded the International Union of Crystallography Prize (a copy of International Tables) for her explanation of the advantages of choosing non-standard Read the rest

Dec 202009
Seizure: Crystallographic Art


A dreary, grey, condemned, 1960s low-rise council flat is an unusual place to find one of the most beautiful pieces of crystallographic art in the UK.  “Seizure” was constructed by transforming the flat into a watertight tank, into which 70,000 litres of hot copper sulphate solution was poured.  After three weeks of patient … Read the rest

Oct 072009
Nobel prize for Chemistry 2009 – The Structure of Ribosomes

The Nobel prize for chemistry has been jointly awarded to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (MRC Cambridge), Thomas Steitz (Yale) and Ada Yonath (Weizmann Institute, Israel) for their work determining the structure of ribosomes.  The ribosome is an important component of cells that assembles proteins from amino acids.  It is often referred to as “the protein factory”.  This … Read the rest

Aug 212009

The 25th European Crystallographic Meeting was held in the Harbiye Museum and Cultural Centre in the beautiful city of Istanbul.  It was a very eventful week, and contributions to the conference made by Chem. Cryst. include:

N. David Brown, James Haestier, Mustapha Sadki, Amber L. Thompson & David J. Watkin
A Further Improved Structure Matching Read the rest

Apr 212009

The 2009 British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting was held at the University of Loughborough.  Contributions from Chem. Cryst. included:

N. David Brown, James Haestier, Mustapha Sadki, David J. Watkin & Amber L. Thompson
A Further Improved Structure Matching Algorithm (Poster)

James Haestier
Effects of Cell Errors on Derived Parameters
(YC Presentation)

James Haestier
Computation of
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Apr 012009
David Watkin gives the Kathleen Lonsdale Lecture

David Watkin gives the Lonsdale Lecture

Every two years, the Young Crystallographers Group of the British Crystallographic Association nominate a speaker to give the prestigious Kathleen Lonsdale Lecture. Traditionally, they invite well respected scientist who has a good rapport with students. This year the Lonsdale Lecturer was David Watkin who is well known within the … Read the rest