Blogging a crystal structure a day in 2014


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Date postedTitleStructureAuthor
01/01The structure that started it all – Rock saltRock SaltHelen Maynard-Casely
02/01HLA Molecules – How the body detects infected cellsHuman leukocyte antigen (HLA-A2)Julia Archbold
03/01The structure of empty space – HKUST 1HKUST-1Sam Duyker
04/01A material for another world – Sulfuric Acid HexahydrateSulfuric acid hexahydrateHelen Maynard-Casely
05/01Brace yourself! The structure of DiSulfide Bond proteins (DSBs)DiSulfide Bond proteins (DSBs)Róisín McMahon
06/01Snow joke – January’s Ice structure, Ice IhIce IhHelen Maynard-Casely
07/01The Fight or Flight ReceptorG-protein–coupled receptorsJulia Archbold
08/01Happy New Year Hangover – EthanolEthanolDavid Turner
09/01Biology on the edge – Adaptor Protein complex 2AP2 complexBrett Collins
10/01The structures behind birthstones – January GarnetsGarnetHelen Brand
11/01Tales from a PhD – Synthesising a catenaneCatenaneJason Price
12/01Sweet crystallography – the crystal structure of sucroseSucroseHelen Maynard-Casely
13/01Impressive InsulinInsulinJulia Archbold
14/01Quartz: Dear Indi – Let me in next time!!!QuartzHubert Chevreau
15/01Conducting heat with a very complicated structureδ-Bi2O3-Nb2O5Chris Ling
16/01Kick-starting AdrenalineAdrenalineJulia Archbold
17/01GOLD! The crystal structure of successGoldHelen Maynard-Casely
18/01Fire ice – the structure of methane hydrate IMethane hydrate IHelen Maynard-Casely
19/01Graphite – the makings of the future?GraphiteHelen Maynard-Casely
20/01A mineral that came down to Earth – pyroxferroitePyroxferroiteHelen Maynard-Casely
21/01The 'desert rose' crystalGypsumHubert Chevreau
22/01The first perovskite – Calcium TitanateCalcium titanateWilliam Brant
23/01WOOO, Tungsten(VI) Oxide!Tungsten (VI) oxideMackenzie Hagan
24/01You must be taking the **** – UreaUreaDavid Turner
25/01Buckminsterfullerene a.k.a. Buckyballs a.k.a. C60BuckminsterfullereneSara Callori
26/01A mineral for Australia day – BruciteBruciteHelen Maynard-Casely
27/01Fighting the Flu – The structure of NeuraminidaseNeuraminidaseJulia Archbold
28/01Kathleen Lonsdale and her mineralLonsdaleiteHelen Maynard-Casely
29/01Certainly not a typical material – the structure of Gadolinium TitanatesGadolinium titanateJames Christian
30/01Resistance is futile – Lanthanum Barium Copper OxideLanthanum barium copper oxideKirrily Rule
31/01Spinning around with Spinels – Lithium titanateLithium titanatePaige Hawkins
01/02February's Birthstone – AmethystAmethystHelen Brand
02/02Are you feeling blue? The structure of Prussian BluePrussian BlueFlorence Ragon
03/02Lysozyme: Not to be sniffed atLysozymeRóisín McMahon
04/02Dusty crystalsCoulomb crystalAndrew Studer
05/02An Element of surprise – The crystal structure of PoloniumPoloniumHelen Maynard-Casely
06/02A crystal for after a shower – TalcTalcHelen Maynard-Casely
07/02A headache of a crystal structure – AspirinAspirinHelen Maynard-Casely
08/02Stranger than fiction – Ice IXIce IXHelen Maynard-Casely
09/02You can see through it – MuscoviteMuscoviteHelen Maynard-Casely
10/02Less than mellow yellow – the structure of picric acidPicric acidHelen Maynard-Casely
11/02Super Fast Ions – Solid Ion Conductor Lithium Lanthanum TitanateLithium lanthanum titanateWilliam Brant
12/02Not another ice structure… MethamphetamineMethamphetamineSam Duyker
13/02Superconductivity Heats Up: Yttrium Barium Copper OxideYttrium barium copper oxideSara Callori
14/02Roses are red, violets are blue. Oxytocin in my brain makes me only want to be with you…OxytocinRóisín McMahon
15/02Danger danger! A high-pressure explosive – γ RDXRDXHelen Maynard-Casely
16/02Fool’s gold – the structure of PyritePyriteHelen Maynard-Casely
17/02Seeing Double – CalciteCalciteJack Binns
18/02How high is high for a high-temperature superconductor? – HgBaCaCuOHgBaCaCuOKirrily Rule
19/02Breaking down the drink – Alcohol DehydrogenaseAlcohol dehydrogenaseJulia Archbold
20/02How old? – The crystal structure of ZirconZirconHelen Maynard-Casely
21/02A strange and dangerous glow – White phosphorusPhosphorusJoseph Bevitt
22/02The chemical bond is stronger than we could have imaginedHydrogenHelen Maynard-Casely
23/02The beginning of the end for PolioPolio virusHelen Maynard-Casely
24/02Getting pernickety about the 1st pnictide superconductor, LaOFePLaOFePKirrily Rule
25/02This is a Hard One – Sildenafil CitrateSildenafil citrateDavid Turner
26/02Purple standards – Lanthanum hexaborideLanthanum hexaborideJames Hester
27/02Plastic fantastic – polyethylenePolyethyleneJoseph Bevitt
28/02A structure determined by Linus Pauling – HematiteHematiteHelen Brand
01/12A tree bark suspension and a Nobel Prize later … We wonder less about the structural basis of the action of aspirinProstaglandin H synthaseLawrence Norris
01/03Cutting up the genes – the structure of a spliceosomeSpliceosomeBrett Collins
02/03Square snowflakes – the structure of Ice VIIce VIHelen Maynard-Casely
03/03March's Birthstone – AquamarineAquamarineHelen Brand
04/03Rigidity in carbon and hydrogen – AdamantaneAdamantaneJack Binns
05/03Organize your oxygen with brownmillerite, SrCoO2.5Brownmillerite (SrCoO2.5)Sara Callori
06/03The sour in the sweet – citric acidCitric acidHelen Maynard-Casely
07/03Classical crystal structures – sphaleriteSphaleriteHelen Maynard-Casely
08/03Classical crystal structures – WurtziteWurtziteHelen Maynard-Casely
09/03Classical crystal structures – Caesium chlorideCaesium chlorideHelen Maynard-Casely
10/03Feeling Stressed? Understanding Anxiety and DepressionCorticotropin releasing factorJulia Archbold
11/03A Protein Swiss Army KnifeOuter membrane protein A (OmpA)Anton Le Brun
12/03Colour me beautiful – CarotenoidsCarotenoidsJohn Helliwell
13/03It is sitting in your stomach – Hydrochloric acidHydrochloric acidHelen Maynard-Casely
14/03Keggin your pardon, ma'm – the structure of a heteropoly acidHeteropoly acidSam Duyker
15/03Something for the Weekend – Potassium BitartratePotassium bitartrateDavid Turner
16/03Making a drug work smarter – Acemetacin co-crystalsAcemetacin co-crystalsHelen Maynard-Casely
17/03Happy St Patrick's day – something to help you with the snakes?Clerodane diterpenoidHelen Maynard-Casely
18/03It’s in the walls – AliteAliteHelen Maynard-Casely
19/03The crystal structure rainbow – Red OxygenOxygenHelen Maynard-Casely
20/03The crystal structure rainbow – Orange crocoiteCrocoiteHelen Maynard-Casely
22/03The crystal structure rainbow – Green fluorescent proteinGreen fluorescent proteinHelen Maynard-Casely
23/03I'm blue da-ba-di da-ba dah – The natural mineral, AzuriteAzuriteKirrily Rule
24/03Myoglobin: (Don't) hold your breath!MyoglobinRóisín McMahon
25/03The crystal structure rainbow – Indigo in your batteries?Indigo carmineHelen Maynard-Casely
26/03The crystal structure rainbow – Imperial violetTyrian purpleHelen Maynard-Casely
27/03A celebration of X-rays – RoentgeniumRoentgeniumHelen Maynard-Casely
28/03Spins and Arrows: the Magnetic Story of MnOManganese oxideAndrew Studer
29/03A very rare gem – UvaroviteUvaroviteHelen Maynard-Casely
30/03The crystal structure rainbow – Glowing in UV, AndersoniteAndersoniteHelen Maynard-Casely
31/03Celebrating one of the founders of the field – the crystal structure of BraggiteBraggiteHelen Maynard-Casely
01/04Cold as Ice… with 'Maxi' sacrificeAntifreeze protein MaxiJulia Archbold
02/04Rare earth magnets: how crystallography can help you stay attractiveNeodymium magnetAndrew Studer
03/04The machine of life – the structure of the RibosomeRibosomeBrett Collins
04/04Magnetic Thulium: Moments align in sevenThuliumAndrew Studer
05/04Deadly crystal structures – ChrysotileChrysotileHelen Maynard-Casely
06/04Deadly crystal structures – ArsenopyriteArsenopyriteHelen Maynard-Casely
07/04Kalgoorlie where the streets are paved with gold – CalaveriteCalaveriteHelen Maynard-Casely
08/04April Birthstone: Unlucky for some … DiamondDiamondHelen Brand
09/04LixCoO2 – The Breakout Battery HitLithium cobalt oxideWilliam Brant
10/04Hero and a villain – JarositeJarositeHelen Brand
11/04Murder most foul – Potassium CyanidePotassium cyanideJonathan McCree-Grey
12/04Cubic ice – does it exist or not?Ice IcHelen Maynard-Casely
13/04Hearing radio waves with galenaGalenaHelen Maynard-Casely
14/04An Explosive Result – Mercury (II) FulminateMercury(II) fulminateJonathan McCree-Grey
15/04Collagen: Triple strengthCollagenRóisín McMahon
16/04X is for xenotimeXenotimeSam Duyker
17/04Botox: Toxic medicineBotoxRóisín McMahon
18/04What is our planet made out of? (1) FeldsparFeldsparHelen Maynard-Casely
19/04What is our planet made out of? (2) OlivineOlivineHelen Maynard-Casely
20/04What is our planet made out of? (3) WadsleyiteWadsleyiteHelen Maynard-Casely
21/04What is our planet made out of? (4) RingwooditeRingwooditeHelen Maynard-Casely
22/04What is our planet made out of? (5) Silicate perovskiteSilicate perovskiteHelen Maynard-Casely
23/04What is our planet made out of? (6) MagnesiowüstiteMagnesiowüstiteHelen Maynard-Casely
24/04What is our planet made out of? (7) Silicate Post-perovskiteSilicate post-perovskiteHelen Maynard-Casely
25/04What is our planet made out of? (8) Hcp IronIron (hcp)Helen Maynard-Casely
26/04Bath salts on the moons of JupiterEpsomiteHelen Maynard-Casely
27/04A small molecule that has saved a lot of lives – phenolPhenolHelen Maynard-Casely
28/04Don’t Panic – Valium / DiazepamValiumDavid Turner
29/04LiFePO4 – The Unexpected Battery Success StoryLithium iron phosphateWilliam Brant
30/04Another strange element – β UraniumUranium (beta)Helen Maynard-Casely
01/05Something to mull on – MulliteMulliteHelen Maynard-Casely
02/05Magnetic monopoles in the pyrochlore structurePyrochloreKirrily Rule
03/05From crystallography, to running the countryGramicidin SHelen Maynard-Casely
04/05SmCo magnets – May the 4th be with youSamarium cobalt magnetsHelen Maynard-Casely
05/05It's a bird…it's a plane…it's a superstructure!PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlatticeSara Callori
06/05Elements Under Pressure: BariumBarium IVAndrew Studer
07/05Square planar ferrites: sneaking up on unlikely atomic geometriesSrFeO2Josie Auckett
08/05Mirabilite: 'The Miracle Salt'MirabiliteHelen Brand
09/05ThCr2Si2: giving it the old 1-2-2ThCr2Si2Andrew Studer
10/05J. D. Bernal and the structure of waterWaterAlison Edwards
11/05Methane under pressure – the structure of Methane AMethane AHelen Maynard-Casely
12/05Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and the structure of Vitamin B12Vitamin B12Alison Edwards
13/05Gallium: out of the boxGalliumAndrew Studer
14/05Putnisite: Brand New and Completely UniquePutnisiteSara Callori
15/05Pass the Electron – The First Membrane Protein Structure Shows How Purple Bacteria Get Energy from LightRhodopseudomonas viridis photosynthetic reaction centreAnton Le Brun
16/05Gd5Si2Ge2: Magneto gets coolerGd5Si2Ge2Andrew Studer
17/05A peppery crystal structure – PiperinePiperineHelen Maynard-Casely
18/05This is rocket science – ammonium perchlorateAmmonium perchlorateHelen Maynard-Casely
19/05Haemoglobin: Bloody protein!HaemoglobinRóisín McMahon
20/05Silicon – an element that is everywhere!SiliconJonathan McCree-Grey
21/05Protein crystals naturally occurring in a cellular membrane: BacteriorhodopsinBacteriorhodopsinKaty Wood
22/05Confining water – the structure of HHTP tetrahydrateHHTP tetrahydrateJasper Adamson
23/05May's Birthstone: Could you actually build an Emerald city?EmeraldHelen Brand
24/05Same … but different. The structure of alpha-cristobaliteα-CristobaliteHubert Chevreau
25/05Same … but different. The structure of beta-cristobaliteβ-CristobaliteHubert Chevreau
26/05MIL-143 or the big-brother (ir)regular beta-cristobaliteMIL 143Hubert Chevreau
27/05A protein structure that is a β-barrel of laughsOuter membrane protein FAnton Le Brun
28/05Selenite – Crystal CathedralsSeleniteWilliam Brant
29/05Getting in a Twist – A PolyrotaxanePolyrotaxaneDavid Turner
30/05Crystals you can grow at home – Nickel Sulphate HexahydrateNickel sulfate hexahydrateJames Hester
31/05An elusive polymorph of ParacetamolParacetamolHelen Maynard-Casely
01/06A specially named perovskite, MegawiteMegawiteHelen Maynard-Casely
02/06Absorbing gas – Lithium isonicotinate.solvateLithium isonicotinate∙solvateKeith White
03/06A play on colours – LabradoriteLabradoriteHelen Maynard-Casely
04/06The two-coloured rock – IoliteIoliteHelen Maynard-Casely
05/06A little out of the usual – a sneak peek at our take on the structure of a perovskitePerovskiteNeeraj Sharma
06/06Penicillin – D-DayPenicillinAlison Edwards
07/06Ice III in GanymedeIce IIIHelen Maynard-Casely
08/06Not for the intolerant – LactoseLactose monohydrateHelen Maynard-Casely
09/06β-Carotene helps you see in the darkβ-CaroteneJonathan McCree-Grey
10/06Important for this time of year – Vitamin CVitamin CHelen Maynard-Casely
11/06Lacking in iron? – Iron (II) sulfate heptahydrateIron (II) sulfate heptahydrateHelen Maynard-Casely
12/06Vinegar – acetic acidAcetic acidHelen Maynard-Casely
13/06Sodium acetateSodium acetateHelen Maynard-Casely
14/06The chocolate you don’t want – cocoa butter form VICocoa butter (phase VI)Helen Maynard-Casely
15/06Molecular cotton candy – Ethyl MaltolEthyl maltolHelen Maynard-Casely
16/06Some Like It Hot – CapsaicinCapsaicinDavid Turner
17/06The Start of Digestion: Salivary α-Amylaseα-AmylaseAnton Le Brun
18/06P-glycoprotein: It's as simple as ABCP-glycoproteinJulia Archbold
19/06A crystal structure you eat with! HydroxylapatiteHydroxylapatiteHelen Maynard-Casely
20/06A Crystal Structure for the Perfect Steak: PapainPapainAnton Le Brun
21/06How Sweet! The structure of the Glucose Transporter 1Glucose transporter 1Julia Archbold
22/06Sounds edible, but isn't - TobermoriteTobermoriteHelen Maynard-Casely
23/06Porosity on your Plate – An Edible Metal-Organic FrameworkCyclodextrin-based MOFSam Duyker
24/06A bit of a mouthful – sodium vanadium fluorophosphates: Na3V2O2x(PO4)2F3-2xSodium vanadium fluorophosphateNeeraj Sharma
25/06Bi George, it's bismuth!BismuthSara Callori
26/06'Roll out the Barrel': Structure of the LptD-LptE translocon complex from bacteriaLptD-LptE translocon complexJulia Archbold
27/06June birthstone – PearlPearlHelen Brand
28/06An extra-terrestrial hydrocarbon – EthaneEthaneHelen Maynard-Casely
29/06A ring of progress – BenzeneBenzeneHelen Maynard-Casely
30/06A different type of donut – beta-sliding clampBeta Sliding ClampAmy McGrath
01/07This month introduces us to the most iconic of red gems: Ruby, the birthstone of JulyRubyJosie Auckett
02/07A mineral of history – FluoriteFluoriteHelen Maynard-Casely
03/07'Let's talk about Sex' hormones – Part 1: The Oestrogen ReceptorOestrogenJulia Archbold
04/07'Let's talk about Sex' hormones – Part 2: The Androgen Receptor and TestosteroneTestosteroneJulia Archbold
05/07An exclusive mineral – BowieiteBowieiteHelen Maynard-Casely
06/07A formerly very exclusive mineral – PainitePainiteHelen Maynard-Casely
07/07Ordering matters: Not all brownmillerites are created equalBrownmillerite super structure (Sr2Fe2O5)Josie Auckett
08/07What’s in a name? – BridgmaniteBridgmaniteWilliam Brant
09/07What is the Rutile structure?RutileHelen Maynard-Casely
10/07Common structure, but rare material – Iridium OxideIridium OxideHelen Maynard-Casely
11/07A mineral often mistaken for a fossil – cryptomelaneCryptomelaneHelen Maynard-Casely
12/07A world cup inspired post – GermaniteGermaniteHelen Maynard-Casely
13/07A world cup inspired post – ArgentiteArgentiteHelen Maynard-Casely
14/07Melatonin: Are you feeling sleepy?MelatoninRóisín McMahon
15/07Caffeine hit: Adenosine A2A receptorAdenosine A2A receptorRóisín McMahon
16/07A material that could help keep your heart going – lead zirconium titanateLead Zirconium TitanateHelen Maynard-Casely
17/07Time to scrub things up – Stearic acidStearic acidHelen Maynard-Casely
18/07Molybdenum – the building block of nuclear medicineMolybdenumHelen Maynard-Casely
19/07Ice X – The extreme form of iceIce XHelen Maynard-Casely
20/07A smashing crystal structure – Nickel sulfideNickel sulfideHelen Maynard-Casely
21/07Ring ring! Naphthalene callingNaphthaleneRenée Webster
22/07An aromatic mineral – CarpathiteCarpathiteHelen Maynard-Casely
23/07Ion Channels and Chronic Pain – Structure of the Voltage-Gated Sodium ChannelVoltage-gated sodium channelJulia Archbold
24/07Cone snail toxins as painkillers – The structure of an alpha-conopeptideAlpha-conotoxin (PnIB)Julia Archbold
25/07DNA: Life's blueprintDNAKaty Wood
26/07A molecule from trees – QuinineQuinineHelen Maynard-Casely
27/07Adapting a plant-based molecule – eugenyl acetateEugenyl acetateHelen Maynard-Casely
28/07A Crystal Structure for Stopping Germ WarfareAnthrax protective antigenAnton Le Brun
29/07A diamond net of molecular tetrahedraMolecular tetrahedraJessica Holmes
30/07An Earth and Mars mineral – Meridianiite MgSO4.11H2OMeridianiiteHelen Brand
31/07It Breathes but isn’t Alive – MIL-53, a Flexible FrameworkMIL-53Sam Duyker
01/08The Good and Bad of Prions: Proteins that cause Mad Cow diseasePrion proteinsJulia Archbold
02/08A bit of a mouthful – hexamethylenetetramineHexamethylenetetramineHelen Maynard-Casely
03/08Sweet as – GlucoseGlucoseHelen Maynard-Casely
04/08Triglycine Sulphate: Ferroelectic, Pyroelectric, BolometricTriglycine sulphateDarren Goossens
05/08A mineral from interplanetary dustBrownleeiteHelen Maynard-Casely
06/08The Chinese puzzle moleculeChinese puzzle moleculeAlison Edwards
07/08Crystals of temperature and electricity – Pyroelectric lithium niobateLithium niobateHelen Maynard-Casely
08/08Raw mineral of a legend – GoethiteGoethiteHelen Maynard-Casely
09/08Feeding the world – AmmoniaAmmoniaHelen Maynard-Casely
10/08Superhard and superstrong – cubic Boron NitrideBoron nitrideHelen Maynard-Casely
11/08Let’s Get Popping! – Ruddlesden-Popper StructuresRuddlesden-Popper structuresSara Callori
12/08Chymotrypsin — the first protease structureChymotrypsinStephen Curry
13/08Crystals by Design – Copper Tetracyanotetraphenylmethane TetrafluoroborateCopper tetracyanotetraphenylmethane tetrafluoroborateStuart Batten
14/08Not going anywhere – low expansion alloysINVARHelen Maynard-Casely
15/08The beauty within – Zinc cyanideZinc cyanideF. X. Coudert
16/08Bright spark – Magnesium OxideMagnesium oxideHelen Maynard-Casely
17/08To the ends of the earth and beyond – the search for 'impossible' quasicrystalsQuasicrystalsHelen Maynard-Casely
18/08A Crystal Structure That Was Only Possible With the Help of an Ebola SurvivorEbola glycoproteinAnton Le Brun
19/08Hasta la Vista, Babies…MethandrostenoloneMichael Pfrunder
20/08Perfect for the cold and 'flu season: Eucalyptus OilEucalyptolJack Clegg
21/08Five fold - Cobalt tricyanomethanideCobalt tricyanomethanideStuart Batten
22/08August Birthstone: PeridotPeridotHelen Brand
23/08A surprisingly important structure - DiopsideDiopsideHelen Maynard-Casely
24/08Powering Voyager - SiGe alloysSiGe alloysHelen Maynard-Casely
25/08Possibly the Deadliest Crystal Structure Known: RicinRicinAnton Le Brun
26/08Nanoballs - synthesis for the lazyNanoballsStuart Batten
27/08Light reactions[Ni(dppe)(η1-ONO)Cl]Mark Warren
28/08Do try this in your own home! Copper sulfate pentahydrateCopper sulfate pentahydrateGarry McIntyre
29/08What’s in a name? The Octapi CatenaneOctapi catenaneStuart Batten
30/08Ice, but in a better state of order - Ice IIIce IIHelen Maynard-Casely
31/08Bonattite - blue copper sulfate, but a lot rarerBonattiteHelen Maynard-Casely
01/09Cheap, Safe and Legal: Caffeine, The Socially Acceptable Psychoactive DrugCaffeineJack Clegg
02/09Cadmium tricyanomethanide tetramethoxyborate (try saying that three times!)Cadmium tricyanomethanide tetramethoxyborateStuart Batten
03/09Damaging buildings from within - EttringiteEttringiteHelen Maynard-Casely
04/09Growing crystals for your PhD – The trials and tribulations Part 1Sr0.8Ti0.6Nb0.4O3William Brant
05/09Growing crystals for your PhD – The trials and tribulations Part 2Sr3TiNb4O15William Brant
06/09A powering mineral – UraniniteUraninite (pitchblende)Helen Maynard-Casely
07/09A more complicated powering mineral – AutuniteAutuniteHelen Maynard-Casely
08/09A big water cage, sH clathrate hydrateMethane Hydrate II (sH)Helen Maynard-Casely
09/09Ekanite – a mineral that will amorphise itselfEkaniteHelen Maynard-Casely
10/09Cellulose – the inner strength of plantsCelluloseLynne Thomas
11/09September's birthstone: your choice, Sapphire or Lapis LazuliLapis lazuliHelen Brand
12/09Where does all the lithium come from? – LepidoliteLepidoliteHelen Maynard-Casely
13/09You can do a lot with two elements – NitinolNitinolHelen Maynard-Casely
14/09A mineral from Iceland – HeklaiteHeklaiteHelen Maynard-Casely
15/09Bacteria: How do they resist?β-LactamaseRóisín McMahon
16/09Cop this! The protein 'cop' (Cop9) with multiple tasksHuman signalosome complexJulia Archbold
17/09Biominerals #1 – MagnetiteMagnetiteHelen Maynard-Casely
18/09Biominerals #2 – Weddellite (in Antarctica and in you!)WeddelliteHelen Maynard-Casely
19/09Biominerals #3 – Francolite, a mineral in fossilized Dinosaur bonesFrancoliteHelen Maynard-Casely
20/09Biominerals #4 – The wonderful world of silicaMoganiteHelen Maynard-Casely
21/09Biominerals #5 - Which way is up?BariteHelen Maynard-Casely
22/09Tetrahedral amorphous carbon: rough in the diamondTetrahedral amorphous carbonAndrew Studer
23/09From Toxin to Technology: α-Haemolysinα-HaemolysinAnton Le Brun
24/09The world’s most underappreciated gemstone – Red SpinelSpinelWilliam Brant
25/09Iron trans-4,4'-azopyridine thiocyanate – Letting things down…Iron trans-4,4'-azopyridine thiocyanateStuart Batten
26/09Neo-mag: The strongest permanent magnet of them all!Neo-mag (Nd2Fe2B)Kirrily Rule
27/09Sodium hydride, simple yet historicSodium hydrideHelen Maynard-Casely
28/09Chasing complex molecules in the stars – looking for L-SerineL-SerineHelen Maynard-Casely
29/09Negative Compression! Silver(I) tricyanomethanideSilver(I) tricyanomethanideJasper Adamson
30/09Interdigitation, Interpenetration, IntercalationLayered cuprous tricyanomethanide derivativesStuart Batten
01/10Impossible chemistry: making the unreactive reactXenon-water compoundHelen Maynard-Casely
02/10A big family of MOFs – Zeolitic imidazolate frameworksZIF-8F. X. Coudert
03/10Enhancing flavour, molecule by molecule: MSGMonosodium L-glutamateHelen Maynard-Casely
04/10All of the symmetry – <em>Cm</em>: GerstleyiteGerstleyiteHelen Maynard-Casely
05/10All of the symmetry – <em>P</em>4<sub>2</sub><em>cm</em>: [(CH<sub>3</sub>)<sub>4</sub>N][Cu<sub>2</sub>(NCS)<sub>3</sub>][(CH3)4N][Cu2(NCS)3]Helen Maynard-Casely
06/10All of the symmetry - <em>P</em>-3<em>c</em>1: Fluocerite-(La)Fluocerite-(La)Helen Maynard-Casely
07/10All of the symmetry – <em>Pm</em>-3: Sr<sub>3</sub>C<sub>60</sub>Sr3C60Helen Maynard-Casely
08/10Dedication in the face of adversity – Cadmium CyanideCadmium cyanideStuart Batten
09/10Absorbing and beautiful, zinc nitrateZinc nitrateHelen Maynard-Casely
10/10October birthstone: Opal. When is a crystal not quite a crystal?OpalHelen Brand
11/10Celebrating Laue – complex structures very quickly!Rh2(PNP)2(PNP)2(BPh4)2Helen Maynard-Casely
12/10Celebrating Laue – very tiny crystalsCerussiteHelen Maynard-Casely
13/10Celebrating Laue – comprehensive protein structuresConcanavalin AJohn Helliwell
14/10Phase Under Pressure – Cerium gold silicideCerium gold silicideAndrew Studer
15/10Local Order Hidden Inside the Average Order in PZNPZNDarren Goossens
16/10A Nobel Explosive – TrinitroglycerinTrinitroglycerinDavid Turner
17/10SmB<sub>6</sub>: When interesting is skin deepSamarium hexaboride, SmB6Andrew Studer
18/10Finding hydrogen – where does it sit in fcc Iron hydrideIron hydride (fcc)Helen Maynard-Casely
19/10What's in silly putty? – BoraxBoraxHelen Maynard-Casely
20/10Getting your cakes to rise – bicarbonate of sodaSodium bicarbonateHelen Maynard-Casely
21/10When is a knot not a knot? When it's a Ravel!Universal 3-RavelJack Clegg
22/10Trademark this mineral!ChalcopyriteSara Callori
23/10Goosecreekite – The most unusual mineral name?GoosecreekiteHelen Maynard-Casely
24/10Superbug superpowersPenicillin binding protein variant (PBP2a)Róisín McMahon
25/10A long chain crystal – Silver behenateSilver behenateHelen Maynard-Casely
26/10Simple Sunday – Magnesium ChlorideMagnesium chlorideHelen Maynard-Casely
27/10Solid carbon dioxideCarbon dioxideLawrence Norris
28/10Boron – an element to watch for the futureBoron (α)Helen Maynard-Casely
29/10Boron and carbon – better together?WillemiteHelen Maynard-Casely
30/10Glowing green – WillemiteBoron carbideHelen Maynard-Casely
31/10Bak: The Face of DeathBakJason Brouwer
01/11Brimstone (sulfur)Sulfur (S8)Helen Maynard-Casely
02/11The sour taste – Malic acidMalic acidHelen Maynard-Casely
03/11Collect enough minerals and someone will name one after you! – GibbsiteGibbsiteHelen Maynard-Casely
04/11Future Boron: Virtual Synthesis is the Next PhaseBoron (B56)Andrew Studer
05/11Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…NiterHelen Brand
06/11Chosen for its looks – CongressaneCongressaneRenée Webster
07/11Madam Curie – one of her elements: CuriumCuriumHelen Maynard-Casely
08/11It takes two – VateriteVateriteHelen Maynard-Casely
09/11Fancy a wrestle? – KaoliniteKaoliniteHelen Maynard-Casely
10/11Karrikinolide – where there's smoke, there's germinationKarrikinolideRenée Webster
11/11Common beauty – MalachiteMalachiteHelen Maynard-Casely
12/11A mineral imposter – pseudomalachitePseudomalachiteHelen Maynard-Casely
13/11Growing new flowers in the chemical garden – cobalt chlorideCobalt chlorideHelen Maynard-Casely
14/11Whoop whoop: pertussis toxinPertussis toxinAnton Le Brun
15/11The most recently discovered ice structure – Ice XVIce XVHelen Maynard-Casely
16/11A super cool material – the crystal structure of KryptonKryptonHelen Maynard-Casely
17/11What are comets made out of? One potential ingredient: MeliliteMeliliteHelen Maynard-Casely
18/11What was Philae looking for on 67P? L-Glutamic acidL-Glutamic acidHelen Maynard-Casely
19/11Crystallising enzymes from beans – celebrating SumnerJack bean ureaseJohn Helliwell
20/11From crystal to structure in 84 yearsJack bean ureaseRóisín McMahon
21/11An explosive discovery – Einsteinium sesquioxideEinsteinium sesquioxideHelen Maynard-Casely
22/11Sign of an impact – StishoviteStishoviteHelen Maynard-Casely
23/11A failed campaign – alpha and beta tinTin (alpha and beta)Helen Maynard-Casely
24/11DNA Polymerase in Celebration of Evolution DayDNA polymeraseAnton Le Brun
25/11Alpha plutonium – a rebel elementPlutonium (alpha phase)Helen Maynard-Casely
26/11November's birthstone – Orange TopazTopazHelen Brand
27/11Your crystallographic Thanksgiving – Tryptophan!TryptophanSara Callori
28/11Surreal Microscopic Environments – Negative CrystalsNegative crystalsWilliam Brant
29/11Saturating your food – Palmitic acidPalmitic acidHelen Maynard-Casely
30/11A crystal sandwich – VermiculiteVermiculiteHelen Maynard-Casely
01/12A Structure for Summer – Methylammonium Lead HalidesMethylammonium Lead HalidesHelen Brand
02/12I'm pretty, but don't touch me as I'm deadlyBatrachotoxin AAnton Le Brun
03/12Munc18: No Munc-eying around with our molecular transport machinery!Munc18Julia Archbold
04/12Beautifully holding buildings together – Tricalcium aluminateTricalcium aluminateHelen Maynard-Casely
05/12Pinene – It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!PineneJonathan McCree-Grey
06/12Stuffing in the hydrogen – Lithium Boro-hydrideLithium boro-hydrideHelen Maynard-Casely
07/12A greenstone – JadeiteJadeiteHelen Maynard-Casely
08/12Mineral in pink – SpherocobaltiteSpherocobaltiteHelen Maynard-Casely
09/12The final birthstone of the year: TourmalineTourmalineHelen Brand
10/12An accidental molecule – ferroceneFerroceneHelen Maynard-Casely
11/12An impossible molecule – HexaferrocenylbenzeneHexaferrocenylbenzeneHelen Maynard-Casely
12/12The MOFIA and the boss of the crown family: the UiO-66UiO-66Hubert Chevreau
13/12Now you've seen everything – superconductive concreteDodecacalcium hepta-aluminateHelen Maynard-Casely
14/12A rock with a cleavage – AugiteAugiteHelen Maynard-Casely
15/12A correction to an earlier claim – Ice XVI is the newest form of ice!Ice XVIHelen Maynard-Casely
16/12Han purple – colour of the terracotta warriorsHan purpleSam Duyker
17/12Molecule of deceit – raspberry ketoneRaspberry ketoneHelen Maynard-Casely
18/12Methane under pressure – the strange coincidence of methane BMethane BHelen Maynard-Casely
19/12It's making a list – SantiteSantiteHelen Maynard-Casely
20/12Factor IX: Christmas FactorChristmas factorAnton Le Brun
21/12Seasons greetings. The crystal structure of Cocoa ButterCocoa butter (phase V)Helen Maynard-Casely
22/12Oh, deer...β-LactoglobulinRóisín McMahon
23/12Merry Christmas – Ho Ho HoHexakis(μ2-8-quinolinolato-N,O,O)-tris(8-quinolinolato-N,O)-tri-holmium(iii) 8-hydroxyquinoline solvateDavid Turner
24/12A little helper – Elf3Elf3Róisín McMahon
25/12Why does a lobster change colour on cooking?ApocrustacyaninJohn Helliwell
26/12Give me a resinCytochrome P450 2B enzymeRóisín McMahon
27/12Pasteurized Crystals – Tartaric acidTartaric acidAnna Leung
28/12Decorative, but a little deadly – TorberniteTartaric acidLauren Macreadie
29/1254 nets and nothing fishy54-Fold interpenetrated coordination polymerStuart Batten
30/12Shrinking in the heat – lanthanoid hexacyanidocobaltates, a.k.a. LnCo(CN)6Lanthanoid hexacyanidocobaltatesSam Duyker
31/12Seeing the New Year in red: the structure of strontium nitrateStrontium nitrateHelen Maynard-Casely
31/1220141231_originalLawrence Norris