• Simple 3D Printing from a Crystal Structure

    For those of you that have never tried to design and produce a 3D printed model of a chemical structure, start now! It’s surprisingly addictive, a lot of fun, and genuinely quite useful if you are looking for ideas to expand or improve your science communication whether that is in a public outreach setting, in education or in research. If you have already started 3D printing chemical structures, then I’m probably preaching to the converted, but the rest of this post may still give you some new ideas.

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  • Your deposited data is now just a click away

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new web interface to allow you to view and retrieve your deposited data.

    This launch builds on our online deposition service used by over 10,000 depositors annually and provides you with a new way to log in and see your previously deposited structures.

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  • The First Pan-African Conference on Crystallography

    It was my extreme pleasure to be able to attend the first ever Pan-African conference dedicated to crystallography last month at the University of Dschang, Cameroon.  Nearly 200 crystallographers from around the world attended the meeting to present their work and to establish connections and collaborations throughout Africa.  Suzanna Ward and I were pleased to catch up with Françoise Amombo Noa in Dschang and hear more about her research.  Frequent visitors to the CCDC website and Facebook page may remember Françoise as one of the researchers responsible for our 750,000th structure – announced last summer.  Françoise was kind enough to send us some of her impressions of PCCr1 for inclusion in this blog…

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  • 2017 CSD Release: Better than Ever

    The 2017 CSD Release is now available for download from the CCDC website – if you haven’t already installed it, then hopefully this post will persuade you to do so right away! There is a whole range of improvements this year, both within the database itself and the software, but the overarching focus has been on improving the usability of the system based on feedback from you – our user community.

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  • Developing data discovery

    We are pleased to announce that a new pre-release version of our popular Access Structures service is now available. This free service has enhanced search functionality and interim results pages to help you find, access and navigate to the structures you want.

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  • Notes from the ACA

    This summer the CCDC was proud to award our first ACA Student Travel Award to graduate student Madushani Dharmarwardana of the University of Texas at Dallas.  Madushani was able to present her work in a talk in the prestigious Etter Early Career session.  She wrote this post for our CCDC blog sharing some of her experiences at the American Crystallographic Association’s annual meeting in Denver.

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  • The Winning #CSD3DPrint Model!

    If you’ve been following the CCDC on Twitter this year, you probably already know that we’ve been running our second annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter competition this summer and this contest officially ended on Thursday September the 22nd.

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  • Announcing the 2nd Annual CSD 3D Printing Contest

    At the CCDC we’ve been investigating ways to bring chemistry to life by printing 3D models from crystal structure coordinates.  These hand-held molecules make engaging with science and research more fun.  They’re useful in the classroom as teaching aids and they also make excellent gifts!  So, today we are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter Contest.

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  • Erice International Crystallography School 2016

    The CCDC is very pleased to have been able to once again support the International School of Crystallography based in Erice, Sicily. This annual school draws together crystallographic experts from around the world, as well as a large collection of international graduate and post-graduate students, to learn about specific areas of crystallography. The 2016 edition of the school was entitled “High-pressure crystallography: status artis and emerging opportunities”. It was co-directed by Francesca Fabbiani (University of Göttingen), John Parise (Stony Brook University) and Malcolm Guthrie (European Spallation Source, Lund). It brought together an excellent selection of the leading scientists in the field alongside exciting emerging researchers to provide the attendees with a superb overview of the field. Focal areas were pharmaceuticals, geology, methodology, and first principles of high pressure crystallography.

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  • IUCr-UNESCO Bruker OpenLab Uruguay

    The CCDC was proud to support the IUCr-UNESCO Bruker OpenLab recently held in Uruguay by supplying tutorials and trial licenses to the participants.  Workshop organizer Natalia Alvarez writes this guest blog detailing the OpenLab.

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