The 2015 release of the CSD System is now available for download from the CCDC website and I thought that this would be a good opportunity to highlight the latest scientific enhancements within the system. This year’s CSDS release focusses heavily on the analysis and assessment of intermolecular interactions with the introduction of the new Full Interaction Mapping tool within the Solid Form module of Mercury.
This new Full Interaction Mapping tool is a very intuitive and visual option within Mercury for the investigation and assessment of intermolecular interactions. The generated maps provide 3D visualisation of the geometric interaction preferences of a wide range of functional groups around the molecule or molecules of interest. The default settings enable the assessment of how and where hydrogen bond donors, hydrogen bond acceptors and hydrophobic groups are likely to interact with your molecule(s). You can then alter the settings to extend this capability to include other interaction types such as halogens or water.
The Full Interaction Mapping functionality (Wood, Olsson et al., CrystEngComm, 2013) sits on top of our existing CSD interaction knowledge base technology – IsoStar – but provides access to this interaction preference information within the context of the crystal structure and alongside all of Mercury’s existing structure visualisation and exploration functionality. This feature makes it easy to assess the intermolecular packing of a known crystal structure and to investigate the interaction preferences of a crystal plane or simulated particle.