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Communicating Crystallography

The Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association recently held its 2014 autumn meeting — “Communicating Crystallography” — in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, on 19th November 2014 at Burlington House, London.

With 2014 being the UNESCO International Year of Crystallography, there was no better time to have a meeting to showcase and discuss crystallography-based outreach and education.

Three sessions of talks encompassed the theme of “Communicating Crystallography” from educational, publishing and data presentation points of view. The session on publishing was delivered by the Royal Society of Chemistry and showed how crystallography (and chemistry) can be disseminated through a range of channels — journals, databases and social media.

Topics covered during the sessions included: outreach to students and the general public; communication of results in journals, databases and social media; and curation of data. The insights gained from the meeting have relevance well beyond the confines of chemical crystallography.

Communicating Crystallography From left to right: Simon J. Coles,
Guy Jones, Serin Dabb and David Sait
present at “Communicating Crystallography”.

The speakers and the audience were excellently engaged, creating a very successful and enjoyable meeting. Thanks go to all involved!

View the talks from the meeting here.


This Blog post is based on material kindly provided by Carl Schwalbe (Aston University), Natalie Johnson (University of Newcastle) and Simon J. Coles (University of Southampton; Chair of the Chemical Crystallography Group).

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International Conference on Structural Chemistry of Molecules and Materials

The Royal Society of Chemistry is proud to jointly host the International Conference on Structural Chemistry of Molecules and Materials (SCOMM14) with the University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University and IISER-Kolkata.

It will take place at the Center for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN), University of Calcutta from the 30th November to 2nd December 2014.

CRNN

The conference is being organized to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr) and covers contemporary problems of crystal engineering, materials synthesis, chemical structure and dynamics.

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Gautam Desiraju (IIS Bangalore)

Professor Kumar Biradha (IIT Kharagpur)

Professor Neil Champness (University of Nottingham)

Professor Susan Bourne (University of Cape Town)

Professor Len MacGillivray (University of Iowa)

Professor Russell Morris (University of St Andrew’s)

Professor Chilla Malla Reddy (IISER Kolkata)

Professor George Shimizu (University of Calgary)

Professor Michael Ward (University of Sheffield)

It will focus on all aspects of structural chemistry, including multidisciplinary areas, and will offer the opportunity for scientists from many different countries to exchange their scientific experience as well as to intensify their cooperation to partners.

For full details of confirmed speakers, venue information, and registration. See the website.

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Report from FD170 Mechanochemistry

Posted on behalf of Elizabeth Woodhouse, Publishing Editor

I recently attended Faraday Conference 170 held at McGill University, Montreal, Canada from 21st – 23rd May 2014. The program was chaired by Tomislav Friscic (McGill University) and covered all aspects of mechanochemistry with the aim of bringing together experts in milling mechanochemistry and sonochemistry, organic synthesis, metal-organic and inorganic materials chemistry, physical chemistry, pharmaceutical scientists and green chemistry.

MontrealFD170 stand

LEFT: A slightly cloudy Montreal skyline. RIGHT: Ready for registration

William Jones (University of Cambridge) opened the conference with an introductory lecture and the discussions began with talks from Leonard MacGillvray (University of Iowa), Graeme Day (University of Southampton) and Tamara Hamilton (Barry University) on the subjects of mechanochemistry of organic molecules, soft materials and pharmaceuticals.

The second day featured discussions on the mechanochemistry of inorganic compounds and coordination-based materials, with Audrey Moores (McGill University) discussing her research on the solvent-free synthesis of biomass-stabilzed gold nanoparticles. The afternoon session focussed on the mechanistic understanding, use in catalysis and scale-up of mechanochemistry and included a discussion led by Achim Stolle (Friedrich-Schiller University) on the scale-up of organic reactions in ball mills.

 

Loving Cup ceremonyGurpaul Kochhar receiving the RSC Skinner prize

LEFT: The Loving Cup ceremony RIGHT: Gurpaul Kochhar receiving the RSC Skinner prize from Professor Peter Skabara with Dr Tomislav Friscic, co-chair of the organising commitee

The conference dinner included the poster prize giving and the Loving Cup ceremony – a Faraday tradition! Gurpaul Kochhar was presented the RSC Skinner prize for his poster on ‘Predicting reaction barriers under mechanochemical conditions’ Congratulations Gurpaul!

The final day of the conference covered discussions on sonication and macromolecular mechanochemistry and the conference closed with concluding remarks given by Kenneth Suslick (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The next Faraday Conference is FD171: Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics and will be held on the 9th-11th July in Sheffield.

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7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies

CEC poster prize at 7th ICMAT

CrystEngComm poster prize presented by Professor Desiraju, which Pramod's supervisor collected on his behalf

The conference “7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies” was held in Singapore from 30 June- 5 July 2013. CrystEngComm sponsored a poster prize in Symposium X–Crystal Engineering of New Materials. The winner was Pramod Kumar Goswami from IIT-Delhi, with his poster titled “Salts, Salt Co-crystal Hydrate, Co-crystals and Co-crystal Polymorphs of P-aminosalicylic Acid”. Congratulations to Pramod!

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Past, Present and Future of Crystallography conference

The Past, Present and Future of Crystallography conference was held in Milan from 6th-7th June this year. CrystEngComm sponsored two poster prizes, and the winners were JingXiang Lin from Politechnico di Milano, Italy, with his poster titled  ‘Structural Studies of Supramolecular Gyroscope-like Co-crystals‘; and Nadia Marino from Università della Calabria, Italy, with her poster titled ‘A Voyage In The B Vitamins World: B6 As Novel Ligand In Cluster Chemistry And New Discoveries In The Field Of B12 Crystallography‘.

Congratulations to JingXiang and Nadia, and I hope all the conference attendees had a great time!

JingXiang LinNadia Marino

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Upcoming conference: Past, Present, and Future of Crystallography

The conference Past, Present, and Future of Crystallography will be held in Milan, Italy, on 6-7th June 2013.

The sessions will take place at the Rogers Room, Via Ampere, Politecnico di Milano. Situated in a vibrant part of the city, it is within walking distance to several local hotels.

Covering all aspects of crystallography and crystal engineering, the conference will include lectures from the following speakers:

Lia Addadi, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Mir Wais Hosseini, University of Strasbourg
Robin D. Rogers, University of Alabama, USA
Kari Rissanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Mike Zaworotko, University of South Florida, USA

Participation in the conference is free. Register by 15 May to present a poster at the conference. See below for more information.

General Information (PDF), Conference Programme (PDF)

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Conference Report: 2nd China-India-Singapore Symposium on Crystal Engineering

The China-India-Singapore symposium series on “Crystal Engineering” was conceived with the idea to bring together researchers working in the field of crystal engineering from the countries China, India, and Singapore. This symposium series was aimed to discuss and acknowledge recent advances in the field of crystal engineering happening in the south Asian region.

The first China-India-Singapore Symposium on Crystal Engineering (CISSCE) was held at National University of Singapore (NUS) from 30th July – 2nd August, 2010. The 2nd China-India-Singapore Symposium on Crystal Engineering was recently held at Guangzhou, China during 20th – 23rd November 2012. A total of 37 researchers from China, India and Singapore presented their work highlighting recent deveopments in the fields of organic, bioorganic, metal organic hybrid (metal complexes and coordination polymers), pharmaceutical and organic-semiconductor materials achieved through the applications of crystal engineering.

This report is an attempt to provide the reader with a glimpse of some of the recent research work undergoing in various laboratories in China, India and Singapore in the field of crystal engineering that was discussed in the symposium.

Download Dr Tejender Thakur’s full report here.

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Crystallography Centennial Celebrations

Crystallographers everywhere have lots of reasons to celebrate in the years 2012-2014 for the centennial of Laue and the Braggs’ discoveries. Already this year there have been conferences held to highlight Laue’s contributions, such as the Laue Day held during the 20th Annual Meeting of the German Crystallographic Society. There will be many events in 2012-2013 to celebrate the work of the Braggs’, including the Bragg Symposium being held during the AsCA 12/CRYSTAL28 meeting in Adelaide, Australia in December 2012, and exhibitions at the European Crystallographic Meeting 2013 in Warwick, UK. The IUCr recently announced that 2014 has now been officially designated ‘International Year of Crystallography‘ by the United Nations, and so we can be sure the celebrations will continue through to the next IUCr Congress in Montréal and beyond!

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography

Are you planning an exciting event to celebrate the wonderful discoveries of Laue and the Braggs’? Let us know in the comments box below!

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AsCA 12/CRYSTAL 28

The Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA), Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) and the Bragg Symposium are holding the AsCA 12/CRYSTAL 28 meeting in Adelaide between the 2nd-6th December 2012 to celebrate the important anniversary of the Braggs’ discoveries in X-ray diffraction.

The meeting features a range of sessions including non-ambient and in-situ diffraction studies, chemical crystallography, and dynamic aspects of molecular and solid state crystals. Plenaries from Prof. Xiao-Ming Chen (Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou)  and talks from Prof. Evan Gray (Griffith University, Australia) and Prof. Jagadese Vittal (University of Singapore) have been announced. The Bragg Symposium will take place following the conference on the 6th December at the Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide, with invited speakers like Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys (University of Cambridge, UK) and Mrs Patience Thomas (younger daughter of Sir Laurence Bragg).

Early bird registration will close on the 1st September 2012, and abstract submission closes on 31st August 2012. Register now and don’t miss out!

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Crystal Engineering GRC 2012

Last week I attended the Gordon Research Conference in Crystal Engineering. This was my first GRC and I loved it! The meeting was held at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, USA which can be best described as something the Disney resorts would use to model their wildnerness lodge areas. The looming hills, rivers, New England-style cabins and prowling bears (unfortunately I didn’t spot any!) were the perfect backdrop to a meeting filled with excellent science and a great chance for colleagues from across the globe to catch up.

This year the conference was chaired by Robin Rogers (University of Alabama and Crystal Growth & Design Editor in Chief), with Vice Chairs Christer Aakeröy (Kansas State University and CrystEngComm Associate Editor) and Mike Zawarotko (University of South Florida and Crystal Growth & Design Associate Editor).

Following the two and a half hour coach journey from Boston, we were rushed into dinner which was quickly followed by the first of the evening lectures, marking the beginning of the meeting. The first session was nanocrystal-based with talks given by Helmut Coelfen and Christoph Janiak on using ultracentrifugation to analyse nanoparticles and ionic liquids to stabilise nanoparticles, respectively.

After kick-starting Day 2 with the obigliatory American waffles and maple syrup, I joined the morning session to hear Jennifer Swift deliver her presentation, providing insight into in vivo uric acid precipitation. Next up was Kraig Wheeler who described his recent work investigating quasiracemates, followed by Miguel Garcia-Garibay’s talk on performing photochemical reactions with nanocrystals. The evening session was of much more relective nature with Joel Bernstein looking back over the seminal work from the past decades. Gautam Desiraju talked on polymorphism, highlighting some of his recent nanoidentation work published in Chemical Science (see here for more).

Tuesday morning was dedicated to porous materials – Lee Cronin and Arunachalamr Ramanan delivered presentations on polyoxometallates and Shengqian Ma gave an overview on his latest work on metalloporphyrin frameworks – whilst the evening session was focused on conducting materials with talks by Marc Fourmigué and Hiroshi Yamamoto.

Poster sessions were held throughout the week and were a true reflection of the quality and the diversity of the talks. The CrystEngComm poster prize was awarded to Sajesh Thomas from Professor Guru Row’s research group at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His poster was entitled “Chalcogen Bonding in Crystal Engineering: Its Directing role in Isostructurality and Polymorphism.” Well done Sajesh!

I reluctantly left the conference on the Wednesday morning after excellent talks from Nair Rodriguez-Hornedo and Susan Bourne (who began her talk using penguins to describe different crystal symmetries!), but I have been assured that the science continued to “sparkle”…

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