Changing and challenging times for service crystallography

Simon J. Coles, Philip A. Gale
  • Chemical Science, January 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • DOI: 10.1039/c2sc00955b

What is it about?

This perspective article details some of the future challenges facing those who deliver a chemical crystallography service - ranging from instrumentation and volume of work through to data management and appropriately training future generations. Comparisons are made between data collected on various different systems.

Why is it important?

It defines the primary challenges in the future for a highly important key characterisation technique in chemistry. It also provides a useful comparison between different advanced approaches to collecting data.


Dr Simon J Coles
University of Southampton

This paper forms the basis of the ethos behind the UK National Crystallography Service (NCS) - it illustrates how we pioneer and lead in the subject area and shape the state-of-the-art. Furthermore, from the perspective of the NCS we are able to highlight the key areas, challenges and opportunities that face the subject in the coming years.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Philip Gale and Dr Simon J Coles