• CSD Educators: Chiara Massera Professor at the University of Parma

    This is the second blog in our CSD Educators series and I am delighted to introduce Chiara Massera from the University of Parma. In our CSD Educators series we will be hearing from lecturers and teachers about some of their experiences in education and their journey to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).  Chiara is a passionate educator with twenty years experience teaching students. She has helped to organise several international crystallography schools including last years “Crystallographic Information Fiesta” in Naples. We asked Chiara to tell us more about her journey to teaching others about the wonders of crystallography.  

     

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  • CSD Educators: Gregory Ferrence Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University

    This is the first blog in our CSD Educators series and I am delighted to introduce Greg Ferrence - @FerrenceG - from Illinois State University. In our CSD Educators series we will be hearing from lecturers and teachers about some of their experiences in education and their journey to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).  We wanted Greg to launch this series because not only has he used the CSD at his institution, but he has helped the CCDC shape our own educational resources and if that wasn’t enough he is currently doing a virtual sabbatical with us. We asked Greg to tell us about how he has used structural data to help inspire a new generation of scientists, his long standing collaboration with the CCDC and his journey to having a guest editor slot on our popular #FeaturedStructureFriday social media campaign.

     

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  • Extending a partnership – a new workflow for crystallographic data in The Journal of Organic Chemistry

    We are delighted to announce that this week we launched a new workflow with The Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC) to improve the processing of CIF files between the journal and the CCDC. This initiative has been possible through our continued partnership with ACS Publications and is a natural extension to the workflow that was successfully adopted by Crystal Growth & Design in 2016, and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and Organometallics in 2017.

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  • The impact of COVID-19 on the CSD

    Since a pandemic was declared nearly 6 months ago we have been closely monitoring what impact this has had for our users, depositors and the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). We thought it was about time we shared some of our observations and hopefully give you some positive news for a change.

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  • Congratulating Olga Kennard - CSD founder and winner of the 12th IUCr Ewald Prize

    Last week we were delighted to learn that Dr Olga Kennard had been awarded the twelfth IUCr Ewald Prize for her invaluable pioneering contribution to the development of crystallographic databases, namely the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).

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  • Molecules of interest in the fight against COVID-19

    At the CCDC we have been deeply saddened by the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had around the world. During these difficult times it has, however, been heart-warming to see the scientific community coming together to try to find a cure and a vaccine.

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  • Women in crystallography and gender equality at the CCDC

    Today marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science[1] so it is the perfect time to reflect on women in crystallography and how we are striving for equality at the CCDC.

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  • A million thanks

    Today marks a huge milestone in structural chemistry – the sharing of one million organic and metal-organic crystal structures, an achievement of which the entire community should be extremely proud! The creation of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to share and distribute these structures is truly a team effort. Crystallographers worldwide deposit their data with us and our team of Deposition Coordinators and Scientific Editors here in Cambridge curate and enhance their structures into the database.

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  • Inspiring women in crystallography

    Today is International Women’s Day (IWD - #InternationalWomensDay), celebrated each year on the 8th of March, so what better day to recognise some of the many inspiring women in the field of crystallography.

    The beginnings of International Women’s Day started in 1909/1910 but it wasn’t until 1975 that it was adopted by the United Nations. Today IWD is celebrated in many countries worldwide and is even a public holiday for some. IWD can mean different things to different people, for some it is a chance to call for change and improve gender equality, for others it is the perfect opportunity to highlight the achievements of women in their fields and try to inspire a new generation.

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  • African adventures

    It was with much excitement that Amy Sarjeant and I headed off to the second Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) in Ghana at the end of February. This wasn’t our first visit to the African continent on behalf of the CCDC and each trip has been a memorable and rewarding experience.

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