• New functionality now available to depositiors

    We are delighted to announce that this week we have added some new functionality to our deposition services. Depositors are now able to link to raw data files and provide crystallographer details during deposition as well as revise their data more easily.

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  • WebCSD v2 developing even further

    We are excited to announce a range of new features that have been introduced to WebCSD v2 – unit cell search, similarity search and query highlighting.

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  • We have a #CSD3DPrint contest winner!

    This year’s #CSD3DPrint Twitter contest saw many intricate and exciting entries come to life in the hands (and printers) of our contestants.  Participants who tweeted photos of their 3D creations with the hashtag #CSD3DPrint were eligible for the contest.  Entries were judged on the number of social media “engagements” (likes and retweets) and by a panel of expert judges.  The winner will receive a $50 gift card for the Shapeways 3D printing service.

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  • WebCSD v2 - Structure search is now even more accessible

    We are very pleased to announce the launch of new searching functionality within our CSD web interface for CSD licenced users.

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  • Join in for the 3rd Annual #CSD3DPrint Contest!

    It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to summer conferences and how exactly to present your complicated crystal structures to a large assembly of scientists.  Just in time, then, that the CCDC announces our 3rd Annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter Contest! 

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  • Phase identification made easier with the CSD and HighScore

    Analysis of powder samples in both research and industrial contexts frequently involves studying complex multi-phase mixtures. The phase identification of these kinds of samples has now been made easier by a seamless integration of the world’s repository for small molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures (the CSD).

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  • FIZ and the CCDC

    Every now and then the tectonic plates shift a little and realign. That which had been stable for years is briefly shaken and a new shape clicks into place.  For me today, here at the heart of structural chemistry, it feels a bit like one of those days. In a very good way, I should add!

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  • Working to make life easier for our depositors…

    In December last year it was with much excitement that we launched our new deposition portal to allow depositors to view and retrieve their deposited data. Since then I am very pleased to report that over 4,000 of you have registered to use this service and that the vast majority of feedback has been very positive. It is great to see the community benefitting from and using this new functionality so much already.

     

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  • Reflections from Hanoi & the 14th Conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association

    Last December, I had the good fortune to travel to Hanoi for the annual meeting of the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA).  I met many student researchers and enjoyed hearing about their work.  The CCDC sponsored prizes for the best student posters.  After the meeting, I caught up again with two of the winners and asked them to send along a summary of their experiences of the meeting.  It’s always a pleasure to hear from students who are so enthusiastic about crystallography, structural chemistry, and presenting their work at scientific meetings.  I share their impressions of AsCA2016 with you here...

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  • 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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