We are delighted to announce that the 2015 version of the Cambridge Structural Database System has been released, providing access to over 700,000 curated structures!
The new release contains several new features but most notably Full Interaction Mapping functionality within Mercury. This tool is built on top of existing CSD interaction knowledge base technology (IsoStar) and provides a very visual and interactive means of assessing and evaluating a molecule’s preferred 3D interactions both as a discrete molecule or extended crystallographic network. It can be used to study a molecule’s pattern of interaction preferences and thus aid the search for a co-former molecule that might satisfy this geometrical pattern. You can generate interaction maps for a collection of molecules such as a surface slice from a crystal or an entire simulated particle.