The IYPT through crystals project was established by the British Crystallographic Association (BCA) and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and is a community led project with contributions from scientists worldwide. Below are some of the contributors to this project.
Claire Murray is a chemist working at Diamond Light Source who is interested in biominerals and catalysis. She has developed and delivered events promoting science and diversity in science, and recently ran a national schools engagement project called Project M, which engaged students at over 100 schools with real science.
Amy Sarjeant works for Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Principal Scientist in X-ray Crystallography and is passionate about helping others to use structural data in education.
Suzanna Ward is the manager of the Cambridge Structural Database at the CCDC and is now responsible for team that creates the CSD and manages all the transactions that go on behind the scenes with depositors, authors, publishers, referees and requests for data as well as the online access and deposition services.
Caroline Davies is a Scientific Editor at CCDC. The editorial team is responsible for updating and curating the Cambridge Structural Database. In her spare time she volunteers as a STEM Ambassador in the local Cambridge area.
Pete Curran is a PhD student at the CCDC in partnership with the University of Cambridge and UCB. His research project is exploring the pharmacophoric relationship between predicted hotspots and explored chemical space.
Helen Maynard-Casely works in Australia at their neutron source. She's been fascinated by patterns since her long journeys on the London Underground (check out the seat covers!) as a child, and that lead rather naturally to being a crystallographer later on. She particularly likes studying materials that make up the icy moons of our solar system.
Simon Coles leads the UK National Crystallography Service – a position that he worked up to since being an avid fossil and mineral collector as a child. He also now leads a facility that aims to make crystallographic and other scientific data more suitable for multidisciplinary research. As the BCA Council representative he is passionately involved in a range of education and outreach approaches aimed at similarly inspiring others.
Ben Littlefield is the Head of Curiosity at Winchester Science Centre and strongly believes in the potential for chemistry (and STEM) to empower and change lives. He has been exploding, researching, freezing and bee-wrangling his way across festival stages and schools for the past 13 years all on a mission to spark delight and a lasting curiosity in science. In his spare time he collects fluorescent minerals, 3D prints zeolites and crystallographic space groups and hunts for uranium glass on beaches.
Jeff Lengyel is a US-based research and applications scientist at the CCDC. He is interested in functional crystalline materials, applying data science to materials research and the interface between art and science.
Tom Roseveare is a postdoctoral research associate at The University of Sheffield. His research focuses on testing crystalline materials for their guest inclusion properties. Tom enjoys nothing more than browsing the CSD for inspiration.
Cynthia Powell is a professor of chemistry at Abilene Christian University. She is a passionate undergraduate teacher and mentor whose research interests include chemical education and organometallic synthesis.
Gregory Powell is a professor of Chemistry at Abilene Christian University. He is interested in the synthesis of transition metal clusters and metal-organic frameworks. He has been fascinated by crystallography since his graduate school days.
Ala’ Salem is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pécs. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of multi-drug co-crystals. So if you think a single crystal is amazing, imagine what a co-crystal can do in terms of curing diseases and saving lives. When not doing pharmaceutical related research, Ala’ enjoys finding inspiration from the depiction of futuristic medicines in science fiction movies or trying to spot wild foxes.
Vedran Vuković is a Ph.D. student at the Université de Lorraine. He describes molecules in great detail, using precise crystallographic data as a starting point. He tries to find out what those descriptions can tell us about interactions between molecules. After lab hours, he enjoys reading about history and philosophy, learning foreign languages and practicing sports.
Emma McCabe is a senior lecturer in chemistry and the University of Kent. Her and her group work on the design and synthesis of new materials, and learning how to understand and optimise their properties.
Dr Madeleine Helliwell is a retired Senior Researcher at the University of Manchester, working in chemical crystallography.
Kam-Hung Low is a crystallographer at the University of Hong Kong. He is fascinated by 3D structure determinations.
Samuel Roberts is a Postdoc at the University of Cambridge working under Prof. Sir Shankar Balasubramanian on the protein interactions of G-quadruplexes and their importance in biology. Sam completed his PhD in 2018 on the origins of genetics on Earth at University College London under Prof. Matt Powner. The origins of life is still an area of interest for him as well as tutoring and mentoring the next generation of scientists.
Dr. Madan Kumar S finished his Ph.D. in Physics (2015) from the Department of Physics, University of Mysore, India. Area of research: Crystallography (Macromolecules and small molecules), Bioinformatics, Materials sciences and computer programming. Deposited around 200 crystal structures (organic, inorganic, pharmaceutical compounds, cocrystals, salts and polymorphs) in the CSD database.
Colin Edge is a computational chemist who has spent most of his life in drug discovery. He doesn’t know that much about crystal structures, but he did once read Primo Levi’s ‘The Periodic Table’ and it was Isaac Asimov’s ‘The Search for the Elements’ that got him interested in chemistry in the first place.
Tanay Menon (at the time of writing this) is a student, who worked at CCDC as a volunteer for 10 days albeit over the span of 3 weeks and a day. He is really interested in computer science, physics, music and loves the gym (at the time of reading... he may not be). He is surfing a large, relentless wave called life; it will take him to either a beautiful shore with clear blue waters or a rough, rocky beach with... not really the best waters; nevertheless he'll end up figuring something out when he gets there.
Natalie Johnson is a research scientist at CCDC. She works as part of the Database Team and is primarily focused on investigating the integrity of structural data in the CSD.