Blogging a crystal structure a day in 2014


Author: Helen Maynard-Casely

Crystallography365 coordinator

Helen Maynard-Casely is an Instrument Scientist at ANSTO, and also an award winning science-writer and communicator.  Her own research centres about the study of small molecules and ices under pressure.  Much of this is motivated by the wish to understand the interiors of small planetary bodies. You can follow her on twitter @helen_e_mc

Contributed articles

[(CH3)4N][Cu2(NCS)3] All of the symmetry – P42cm: [(CH3)4N][Cu2(NCS)3]
Acemetacin co-crystals Making a drug work smarter – Acemetacin co-crystals
Acetic acid Vinegar – acetic acid
Alite It’s in the walls – Alite
Ammonia Feeding the world – Ammonia
Ammonium perchlorate This is rocket science – ammonium perchlorate
Andersonite The crystal structure rainbow – Glowing in UV, Andersonite
Argentite A world cup inspired post – Argentite
Arsenopyrite Deadly crystal structures – Arsenopyrite
Aspirin A headache of a crystal structure – Aspirin
Augite A rock with a cleavage – Augite
Autunite A more complicated powering mineral – Autunite
Barite Biominerals #5 - Which way is up?
Benzene A ring of progress – Benzene
Bonattite Bonattite - blue copper sulfate, but a lot rarer
Borax What's in silly putty? – Borax
Boron (α) Boron – an element to watch for the future
Boron carbide Glowing green – Willemite
Boron nitride Superhard and superstrong – cubic Boron Nitride
Bowieite An exclusive mineral – Bowieite
Braggite Celebrating one of the founders of the field – the crystal structure of Braggite
Brownleeite A mineral from interplanetary dust
Brucite A mineral for Australia day – Brucite
Caesium chloride Classical crystal structures – Caesium chloride
Calaverite Kalgoorlie where the streets are paved with gold – Calaverite
Carpathite An aromatic mineral – Carpathite
Cerussite Celebrating Laue – very tiny crystals
Chrysotile Deadly crystal structures – Chrysotile
Citric acid The sour in the sweet – citric acid
Clerodane diterpenoid Happy St Patrick's day – something to help you with the snakes?
Cobalt chloride Growing new flowers in the chemical garden – cobalt chloride
Cocoa butter (phase V) Seasons greetings. The crystal structure of Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter (phase VI) The chocolate you don’t want – cocoa butter form VI
Crocoite The crystal structure rainbow – Orange crocoite
Cryptomelane A mineral often mistaken for a fossil – cryptomelane
Curium Madam Curie – one of her elements: Curium
Diopside A surprisingly important structure - Diopside
Dodecacalcium hepta-aluminate Now you've seen everything – superconductive concrete
Einsteinium sesquioxide An explosive discovery – Einsteinium sesquioxide
Ekanite Ekanite – a mineral that will amorphise itself
Epsomite Bath salts on the moons of Jupiter
Ethane An extra-terrestrial hydrocarbon – Ethane
Ethyl maltol Molecular cotton candy – Ethyl Maltol
Ettringite Damaging buildings from within - Ettringite
Eugenyl acetate Adapting a plant-based molecule – eugenyl acetate
Feldspar What is our planet made out of? (1) Feldspar
Ferrocene An accidental molecule – ferrocene
Fluocerite-(La) All of the symmetry - P-3c1: Fluocerite-(La)
Fluorite A mineral of history – Fluorite
Francolite Biominerals #3 – Francolite, a mineral in fossilized Dinosaur bones
Galena Hearing radio waves with galena
Germanite A world cup inspired post – Germanite
Gerstleyite All of the symmetry – Cm: Gerstleyite
Gibbsite Collect enough minerals and someone will name one after you! – Gibbsite
Glucose Sweet as – Glucose
Goethite Raw mineral of a legend – Goethite
Gold GOLD! The crystal structure of success
Goosecreekite Goosecreekite – The most unusual mineral name?
Gramicidin S From crystallography, to running the country
Graphite Graphite – the makings of the future?
Green fluorescent protein The crystal structure rainbow – Green fluorescent protein
Heklaite A mineral from Iceland – Heklaite
Hexaferrocenylbenzene An impossible molecule – Hexaferrocenylbenzene
Hexamethylenetetramine A bit of a mouthful – hexamethylenetetramine
Hydrochloric acid It is sitting in your stomach – Hydrochloric acid
Hydrogen The chemical bond is stronger than we could have imagined
Hydroxylapatite A crystal structure you eat with! Hydroxylapatite
Ice Ic Cubic ice – does it exist or not?
Ice Ih Snow joke – January’s Ice structure, Ice Ih
Ice II Ice, but in a better state of order - Ice II
Ice III Ice III in Ganymede
Ice IX Stranger than fiction – Ice IX
Ice VI Square snowflakes – the structure of Ice VI
Ice X Ice X – The extreme form of ice
Ice XV The most recently discovered ice structure – Ice XV
Ice XVI A correction to an earlier claim – Ice XVI is the newest form of ice!
Indigo carmine The crystal structure rainbow – Indigo in your batteries?
INVAR Not going anywhere – low expansion alloys
Iolite The two-coloured rock – Iolite
Iridium Oxide Common structure, but rare material – Iridium Oxide
Iron (hcp) What is our planet made out of? (8) Hcp Iron
Iron (II) sulfate heptahydrate Lacking in iron? – Iron (II) sulfate heptahydrate
Iron hydride (fcc) Finding hydrogen – where does it sit in fcc Iron hydride
Jadeite A greenstone – Jadeite
Kaolinite Fancy a wrestle? – Kaolinite
Krypton A super cool material – the crystal structure of Krypton
L-Glutamic acid What was Philae looking for on 67P? L-Glutamic acid
L-Serine Chasing complex molecules in the stars – looking for L-Serine
Labradorite A play on colours – Labradorite
Lactose monohydrate Not for the intolerant – Lactose
Lead Zirconium Titanate A material that could help keep your heart going – lead zirconium titanate
Lepidolite Where does all the lithium come from? – Lepidolite
Lithium boro-hydride Stuffing in the hydrogen – Lithium Boro-hydride
Lithium niobate Crystals of temperature and electricity – Pyroelectric lithium niobate
Lonsdaleite Kathleen Lonsdale and her mineral
Magnesiowüstite What is our planet made out of? (6) Magnesiowüstite
Magnesium chloride Simple Sunday – Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium oxide Bright spark – Magnesium Oxide
Magnetite Biominerals #1 – Magnetite
Malachite Common beauty – Malachite
Malic acid The sour taste – Malic acid
Megawite A specially named perovskite, Megawite
Melilite What are comets made out of? One potential ingredient: Melilite
Methane A Methane under pressure – the structure of Methane A
Methane B Methane under pressure – the strange coincidence of methane B
Methane hydrate I Fire ice – the structure of methane hydrate I
Methane Hydrate II (sH) A big water cage, sH clathrate hydrate
Moganite Biominerals #4 – The wonderful world of silica
Molybdenum Molybdenum – the building block of nuclear medicine
Monosodium L-glutamate Enhancing flavour, molecule by molecule: MSG
Mullite Something to mull on – Mullite
Muscovite You can see through it – Muscovite
Nickel sulfide A smashing crystal structure – Nickel sulfide
Nitinol You can do a lot with two elements – Nitinol
Olivine What is our planet made out of? (2) Olivine
Oxygen The crystal structure rainbow – Red Oxygen
Painite A formerly very exclusive mineral – Painite
Palmitic acid Saturating your food – Palmitic acid
Paracetamol An elusive polymorph of Paracetamol
Phenol A small molecule that has saved a lot of lives – phenol
Picric acid Less than mellow yellow – the structure of picric acid
Piperine A peppery crystal structure – Piperine
Plutonium (alpha phase) Alpha plutonium – a rebel element
Polio virus The beginning of the end for Polio
Polonium An Element of surprise – The crystal structure of Polonium
Pseudomalachite A mineral imposter – pseudomalachite
Pyrite Fool’s gold – the structure of Pyrite
Pyroxferroite A mineral that came down to Earth – pyroxferroite
Quasicrystals To the ends of the earth and beyond – the search for 'impossible' quasicrystals
Quinine A molecule from trees – Quinine
Raspberry ketone Molecule of deceit – raspberry ketone
RDX Danger danger! A high-pressure explosive – γ RDX
Rh2(PNP)2(PNP)2(BPh4)2 Celebrating Laue – complex structures very quickly!
Ringwoodite What is our planet made out of? (4) Ringwoodite
Rock Salt The structure that started it all – Rock salt
Roentgenium A celebration of X-rays – Roentgenium
Rutile What is the Rutile structure?
Samarium cobalt magnets SmCo magnets – May the 4th be with you
Santite It's making a list – Santite
SiGe alloys Powering Voyager - SiGe alloys
Silicate perovskite What is our planet made out of? (5) Silicate perovskite
Silicate post-perovskite What is our planet made out of? (7) Silicate Post-perovskite
Silver behenate A long chain crystal – Silver behenate
Sodium acetate Sodium acetate
Sodium bicarbonate Getting your cakes to rise – bicarbonate of soda
Sodium hydride Sodium hydride, simple yet historic
Sphalerite Classical crystal structures – sphalerite
Spherocobaltite Mineral in pink – Spherocobaltite
Sr3C60 All of the symmetry – Pm-3: Sr3C60
Stearic acid Time to scrub things up – Stearic acid
Stishovite Sign of an impact – Stishovite
Strontium nitrate Seeing the New Year in red: the structure of strontium nitrate
Sucrose Sweet crystallography – the crystal structure of sucrose
Sulfur (S8) Brimstone (sulfur)
Sulfuric acid hexahydrate A material for another world – Sulfuric Acid Hexahydrate
Talc A crystal for after a shower – Talc
Tin (alpha and beta) A failed campaign – alpha and beta tin
Tobermorite Sounds edible, but isn't - Tobermorite
Tricalcium aluminate Beautifully holding buildings together – Tricalcium aluminate
Tyrian purple The crystal structure rainbow – Imperial violet
Uraninite (pitchblende) A powering mineral – Uraninite
Uranium (beta) Another strange element – β Uranium
Uvarovite A very rare gem – Uvarovite
Vaterite It takes two – Vaterite
Vermiculite A crystal sandwich – Vermiculite
Vitamin C Important for this time of year – Vitamin C
Wadsleyite What is our planet made out of? (3) Wadsleyite
Weddellite Biominerals #2 – Weddellite (in Antarctica and in you!)
Willemite Boron and carbon – better together?
Wurtzite Classical crystal structures – Wurtzite
Xenon-water compound Impossible chemistry: making the unreactive react
Zinc nitrate Absorbing and beautiful, zinc nitrate
Zircon How old? – The crystal structure of Zircon