• CSD-Educators: Samuel Tetteh from University of Cape Coast in Ghana

    For this CSD Educators blog it is my pleasure to welcome Dr Samuel Tetteh from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Samuel holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Coast and is now a teacher and researcher at the University. I first met Samuel at a workshop in Kumasi in Ghana in 2016 and it has been fantastic to see how Samuel has gone on to use the Cambridge Structural Database to provide a more visual and engaging way to teach structural chemistry to his students. Samuel also employs the CSD in his research involving the study of structural and bonding properties of transition metal complexes and has published a number of research papers in this area. In this blog Samuel will tell us more about his teaching experiences and how crystal structures have helped him revolutionalise how he teaches chemistry. Samuel will also be speaking at our Educators UGM in March so if you want to find out more or have any questions for Samuel then you can register here.

     

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  • CSD in action: analysis of the metastable polymorph of Loratadine

    Here we spotlight a recent publication which shows how CSD data supported a team from Novartis and NanoMEGA to analyse a metastable form of the antihistamine drug Loratadine. Part of our series highlighting examples of our data and software in use around the world.

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  • CSD-Educators: Marielle Agbahoungbata from X-TechLab in Benin

    For this CSD Educators blog it is my pleasure to welcome Marielle Agbahoungbata and to highlight the work she has done with her colleagues to help establish the X-TechLab in Benin. Marielle gained her PhD in inorganic chemistry and since 2014 has been involved in developing a network of crystallographers in Africa. Marielle is the coordinator of the X-TechLab in Benin which aims to provide hands-on training in X-ray techniques in order to provide African scientists with the means to develop solutions for the sustainable development of the continent. The first training session that X-TechLab team organised was held in May 2019 and I was lucky enough to join the second session in Benin in November 2019. That session saw a classroom full of participants from Benin and across Africa learn about X-ray diffraction. During the sessions on the Cambridge Structural Database the students were engaged and eager to learn and I felt privileged to be a part of it.  A few months ago, the CCDC participated in our second X-TechLab training sessions, this time remotely. Again, it was fantastic to see how engaged the students were. In this blog Marielle will tell us more about the X-TechLab and how the team is striving to disseminate science and bridge scientific and entrepreneurship communities through the initiative.

     

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  • A new year brings greater accessibility

    As we kick off the new year, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new workflow with the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) aimed at improving the accessibility of structural data. This initiative forms part of our overall strategy to improve structural data publication processes and ensure data is seamlessly made available through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). ACS Publications are a key partner for us and the workflow has already been successfully adopted by Crystal Growth & Design,  Inorganic ChemistryOrganic Letters, Organometallics and more recently The Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC).

     

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  • New data and improvements - 2020.3 CSD Data Release

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2020.3 CSD Data Release containing 1,097,619 entries and 1,076,290 unique structures. This is an increase of over 63,000 entries this year and alongside the new data around 35,000 existing entries have been improved and enhanced through our annual CSD Improvements programme.

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  • 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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