What our users say...

What do our customers say about using our tools?
Here we share testimonials from real scientists using the CSD data and software.


The CSD helps to decide which projects to pursue

“Our subscription to the CSD has been extremely beneficial to the research efforts of several faculty members in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and we are hopeful that we can continue to use it for years to come. It helps us to decide which projects are worth pursuing and to compare and contrast our results with those of other research groups around the world.”

Prof. Greg Powell, Abilene Christian University

The CSD is the most valuable information resource

"With its software development and the Cambridge Structural Database, CCDC has stretched structural chemistry and biology to its limits.  
The CSD with its innovative mining tools has become the most valuable information resource for crystallographers, crystal growers and crystal engineers, always sitting at the heart of what we do.”

Dr Aurora Cruz-Cabeza, University of Manchester

ConQuest and the CSD ensure a complete structural analysis

"ConQuest is a very convenient software integrated with the CSD—a comprehensive structural database. It allows summarizing the geometric characteristics of a molecular fragment of interest in a set of crystal structures and easily visualizing and analyzing the data. Without this tandem-like software, our review article would be neither so informative nor so complete. Now we are sure that no compound or crystal structure escaped our attention.”

Dr Alexander Virovets, University of Regensburg

I have been using the CSD for 20 years to inspire students

"I have been using it for over 20 years to illustrate the 3-D structures of interesting molecules! The Teaching Database, Mercury, and WebCSD, have made the CSD my primary (and indispensable) teaching tool. Students inevitably love seeing the magnificent structures and Mercury is so easy to use that they become captivated. In the introductory course, I utilize it to illustrate the structures of interesting molecules such as pesticides (such as DDT and Aldrin, Dieldrin), common medicinal compounds (e.g., aspirin, penicillin), the nucleic acid bases, and molecules involved in food chemistry (capsaicin). Some of the teaching modules (for example, VESPR theory) are quite useful."

Professor Miriam Rossi, Vassar College

There’s no limit to what you can ask

"The ability of the database to do new and interesting types of queries has a lot of potential - there's no limit to how many questions you could ask."

Professor Jennifer Swift, Georgetown University

The CSD software is the leading tool for knowledge-based approaches in crystallography

“The CSD and related software became the leading tool for knowledge-based approaches in crystallography and related sciences. Its numerous applications in material and agricultural sciences, crystal engineering and pharmaceutics demonstrate flexibility of algorithms implemented within the CSD and high potential for future development. This became possible because not only many of the CCDC members are active scientists by themselves, but also due to their collaboration with industry and constant communication with end users which is highly appreciated.”

Dr Anna Vologzhanina, Russian NAC, INEOS RAS

Crystallochemical analysis improves future research planning

“Crystallochemical analysis can help predict the way metal cations coordinate to other building blocks and, therefore, helps rationally plan future research directed to novel metallosupramolecular architectures.”

Dr Eugenia Peresypkina, University of Regensburg

The CSD helps define engineering principles for ionic cocrystal structures

“The CSD system has been really useful in not only helping us retrieve a database of published ionic cocrystal (ICC) structures, but also analyzing a range of properties for ICCs, including the conformations adopted by the molecular fragments and the synthons of the resulting crystal forms.”

Dr Sharmarke Mohamed, Khalifa University

The CSD has become a powerful and effective tool for scientific research

“We received the first version of the database in the 80s on 5 magnetic tapes. Today, it's possible to install the CSD software on personal computers, and the CSD has become a powerful and effective tool for scientific research in the field of organic crystallochemistry. I use CSD databases every day checking crystal parameters during experiments if unit cell parameters do not correspond to the intended structure. We check whether the investigated substance is not an initial or a by-product of the reaction, long known, published and its structure is available in the database. The Database is actively used by synthetic chemists, specialists in the field of NMR spectroscopy, and specialists in the field of quantum chemical calculations.s.”</>

Prof. Dr. Igor Litvinov, A.E. Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry RAS, Kazan

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