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.

Sep 202017
 
Welcome new Part II students

A big welcome to Chem Cryst to our new cohort of Part II students for 2017/18: Kiaora Tolmie, Lewis Morgan, Gwenno Jones, Han Xu, James Bird and Oli Bar! And welcome back to one of last year’s Part II students, George Sackman, as he starts his D.Phil. studies.… Read the rest

Sep 082017
 
IUCr 2017

The triennial congress of the International Union of Crystallography was held in Hyderabad over 8 days in August 2017.

During the meeting Richard Cooper presented recent work with Jerome Wicker:
Optimizing co-crystal  screens using a data-driven machine learning method

We also took an opportunity to present recent developments in the CRYSTALS software at the … Read the rest

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, 2017, 19, 5336 – 5340 [ 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 … 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, 2017,19, 3737-3745 [ 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 … 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