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Scientific American Science and Technology Awards 2004

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Proclamation of 2014 as International Year of Crystallography

The birth of modern crystallography took place almost 100 years ago, when Max von Laue carried out the experiment that showed that X-rays were diffracted by crystals, and the Braggs (father and son) shortly after in 1913 showed that the diffraction of X-rays can be used to determine accurately the positions of atoms within a crystal and unravel its three-dimensional structure. The significance of these experiments was realized immediately. Max von Laue received the Nobel Prize in 1914, and the Braggs the year after.

Since its birth 100 years ago, modern crystallography has developed in close collaboration with other scientific disciplines. As crystals also diffract neutrons and electrons, the scientific focus of crystallography has enlarged to cover all aspects of structural science involving X-rays, neutrons and electrons, and encompasses studies of both crystalline and non-crystalline materials.

More about the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and the objectives for the International Year of Crystallography can be found at the IUCr website.
Welcome to Reciprocal Net

The Reciprocal Net is a distributed database used by research crystallographers to store information about molecular structures; much of the data is available to the general public. The Reciprocal Net project is still under development. Currently, we have 18 participating crystallography laboratories online. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and part of the National Science Digital Library. More about Reciprocal Net.


Indiana University
Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources
Grinnell College, Iowa
Los Alamos National Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McMaster University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma University
Princeton University
Purdue University
University of Bern, Switzerland
University of California, San Diego
University of Cincinnati
University of Iowa
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Minnesota
University of Southampton
University of Sydney
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University
Yale University
Youngstown State University

Modeling and Refinement of Nanoparticle Structures from Diffraction Data
Boston MA, 28 July 2012

ACA Meeting 2012
Boston MA, 28 July - 1 August 2012

70th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference
Menlo Park CA, 30 September 2012

Bragg Symposium: Celebrating 100 Years of Crystallography
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia, 6 December 2012

27th Meeting of the European Crystallographic Association
Bergen Norway, 6 - 11 August 2012

13th European Powder Diffraction Conference
Grenoble France, 28 - 31 October 2012

AGU fall meeting 2012
San Francisco, CA 3 - 7 December 2012

AGU fall meeting 2013
San Francisco, CA 9 - 13 December 2013

ECM28: European Crystallographic Meeting
University of Warwick, Coventry United Kingdom, 25 - 29 August 2013

IUCr 2014
Montreal, Quebec Canada, 5 - 12 August 2014

AGU fall meeting 2014
San Francisco, CA 15 - 19 December 2014

Crystallography in the news

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 was awarded to Dan Shechtman, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, "for the discovery of quasicrystals".

Serial femtosecond crystallography using a X-ray free-electron laser is reported: "High-Resolution Protein Structure Determination by Serial Femtosecond Crystallography". Sèbastien Boutet et al., Science 2012

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