Aug 292018

The 31st European Crystallography Meeting was held in Oviedo, Spain from 22-26 August 2018.

During the meeting George Sackman presented a poster (MS10-P05) on recent neutron diffraction work with Richard Cooper and Alison EdwardsDisordered or not: A cautionary tale when inferring proton disorder solely from X-ray and computational data.

Richard Cooper gave a presentation (GI-MS47-O5) in the Saturday afternoon session How to… take your next steps in crystallography, based on experience of a career which despite including several areas of science and organisations rarely strayed outside the OX postcode.

On Sunday afternoon Amber Thompson presented (MS27-O5) Adventures in modulation: derivatives of Barluenga’s reagent, including work from Lewis Morgan, Yejin Kim, Emma McKinley, Jack Blandy, Claire Murray and Kirsten Christensen, in the session Quasicrystals: theory and

Prior to the meeting, Richard Cooper was a tutor at the ECA Crystallographic Computing School in Mieres, organised by the ECA SIG 9 and gave a lecture on Programming Crystallographic Symmetry.

Sep 232016

Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138(40), 13314-13325 [doi:10.1021/jacs.6b07501]

Hydrogen bonding with fluoride is a key interaction encountered when analyzing the mode of action of 5′-​fluoro-​5′-​deoxyadenosine synthase, the only known enzyme capable of catalyzing the formation of a C-​F bond from F​. Further understanding of the effect of hydrogen bonding on the structure and reactivity of complexed fluoride is therefore important for catalysis and numerous other applications, such as anion supramol. chem. Herein we disclose a detailed study examg. the structure of 18 novel urea-​fluoride complexes in the solid state, by X-​ray and neutron diffraction, and in soln. phase and explore the reactivity of these complexes as a fluoride source in SN2 chem. Exptl. data show that the structure, coordination strength, and reactivity of the urea-​fluoride complexes are tunable by modifying substituents on the urea receptor. Hammett anal. of aryl groups on the urea indicates that fluoride binding is dependent on σp and σm parameters with stronger binding being obsd. for electron-​deficient urea ligands. For the first time, defined urea-​fluoride complexes are used as fluoride-​binding reagents for the nucleophilic substitution of a model alkyl bromide. The reaction is slower in comparison with known alc.-​fluoride complexes, but SN2 is largely favored over E2, at a ratio surpassing all hydrogen-​bonded complexes documented in the literature for the model alkyl bromide employed. Increased second-​order rate consts. at higher diln. support the hypothesis that the reactive species is a 1:1 urea-​fluoride complex of type [UF]​ (U = urea) resulting from partial dissocn. of the parent compd. [U2F]​​. The dissocn. processes can be quantified through a combination of UV and NMR assays, including DOSY and HOESY analyses that illuminate the complexation state and H-​bonding in soln.

Fluoride–urea complex

Publisher’s copy

Sep 012012

The second meeting of the Red Kite network will be held on Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at ISIS.  Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from ISIS. There will also be a tour of the ISIS facility, followed by a microsymposium, comprising a number of short talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of neutrons in structural science and ending with a drinks reception and poster session.

Please check out the program for more details and email Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson @ or Marek Jura (marek.jura @ BY MONDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER, if you want to come on the bus, otherwise we need a complete list of names by FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER to arrange security clearance for the tours of ISIS.

ISIS experimental hall

ISIS experimental hall