What Is Crystallography? 


Crystallography is the study of atomic and molecular structure. Crystallographers want to know how the atoms in a material are arranged in order to understand the relationship between atomic structure and properties of these materials. They work in many disciplines, including chemistry, geology, biology, materials science, metallurgy and physics. Crystallographers study diverse substances, from living cells to superconductors, from protein molecules to ceramics.

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 Careers in Crystallography 



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Resources & Links of Interest


Online Courses

Webinar:  XFEL for membrane protein structure determination on crystals grown from LCP


About Crystallography

Crystallography Frontiers: How Chemistry Reveals the Wonder of Everyday Materials - a YouTube Video

Crystallographic CourseWare by Margaret Kastner
Symmetry and Space Group Tutorial
(Jerry P. Jasinski & Bruce M. Foxman. Also available here.)

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) teaching pamphlets
Kevin Cowtan's Book of Fourier and The Interactive Structure Factor Tutorial
Difference Patterson Tutorial (Charles Brenner, Thomas Jefferson University)
Bragg's Law of Diffraction

Crystallography 101 by Bernard Rupp (maintained at LLNL)

Teaching Crystallography

Teaching Mineralogy with Crystal Structure Databases and Visualization Software
Animations of Physical Processes
How to see in stereo
CCP14 Homepage -Includes: Single Crystal and Powder Diffraction - Methods, Problems and Solutions - Powder Diffraction Structure Solution Pathways - Solving an Organic Structure (Cimetidine) from Powder Diffraction Data.
CHEM 832 : Solid State Structural Methods
YSU Structure Center
Snow Crystals
The Molecular Structure of Green Fluorescent Protein


Crystallographers' Resources

YSSIG/BIOMAC Blackboard Sessions

Sincris Information Server for Crystallography

The RCSB Protein Databank (PDB)

The Scripps Research Institute Metalloprotein Database and Browser

The Nucleic Acid Database

The Entrez Browser at the National Center for Biotechnology Information

IMB Jena Image Library of Biological Macromolecules

HIV Protease Database

Cambridge Structural Database


Educational Links

Crystallographic Tutorials (Mike Sawayas)
High-resolution Protein Refinement Tutorial using SHELXL (Thomas Schneider)
Twinning Tutorial (Regine Herbst-Irmer)
Refinement of Disorder with SHELXL (Peter Meuller)
Smell Database
The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements
ICE Institute for Chemical Education
ChemConnections modules available
WebElements periodic table of the elements
Journal of Chemical Education Online
NCUR - National Conferences on Undergraduate Research
The Chemistry Place
ThinkQuest, ThinkQuest Junior, Tomorrow's Teachers - design education Web sites
The Why Files
ChemLinks Homepage

More Resources

International Union of Crystallography


American Institute of Physics


United States National Committee on Crystallography


American Association for Crystal Growth


A forum for discussing X-ray & Neutron diffraction, imaging, crystallography, hardware, software


ACA ReFleXions

Quarterly newsletter of the American Crystallographic Association

    2015 Meeting

  July 25-29

 Philadelphia, PA