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15th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis
21st March - 29th March 2015, Trevelyan College, Durham, UK
       

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DIAMOND

BCA/CCG

IUCR

ECA

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

Bruker

Agilent Technologies

Oxford Cryosystems

isis

Rigaku

The BCA/CCG (Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association) will be holding the 15th Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis at Trevelyan College, Durham University. The school is intented primarily for younger scientists with some experience of structure analysis who wish to improve their understanding of the underlying principles and practice. The work schedule is intensive, with lectures starting at 17:30 on Saturday 21st March, 2015 and the last lecture scheduled to finish on Saturday 28th March at 17:30, followed by the school dinner. Students will depart on Sunday the 29th March. The school provides a good mixture of lectures and tutorials sessions. The atmosphere is friendly and the accommodation and food are excellent. Participants must have a very good understanding of spoken English since there is a lot of material to be covered in rather a short time.

The total cost of the course is 800, which includes registration, accommodation, all meals for the whole course and a full set of lecture notes. We are trying to raise sponsorship to be able to offer a number of bursaries towards the course costs for both UK and overseas applicants. Applications will open in the Autumn of 2014.

Applications are now closed.

The main focus of the school is on chemical and materials science. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Growth and evaluation of non-macromolecular crystals
  • Space group determination
  • Background theory to data acquisition for small molecules and inorganics
  • Practical aspects of data collection
  • Practical aspects of data processing
  • Fourier syntheses
  • Patterson syntheses and direct methods for crystal structure determination
  • Charge flipping
  • Refinement of inorganic, organic and metal-organic structures
  • Derivation of results
  • Random and systematic errors
  • Twinning
  • Validation of results
  • Crystallographic databases (CSD, ICSD, etc)

Accommodation will be at Collingwood College and lectures/tutorials will be held in the Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College. Durham is on the fast east coast railway, e.g. only ~2.75 hrs away from London and 2 hrs away from Edinburgh. There are a number of cheap flights direct to and from Newcastle Airport (e.g. flybe to Exeter/Southampton; Easy Jet to Bristol/Stansted/Geneva/Nice/Barcelona, etc). More travel information can be found here.

For more information please email h.a.sparkes@durham.ac.uk

Many thanks to our sponsors, without whom it would not be possible to hold the 14th school:
DIAMOND, CCG, IUCr, ECA, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Bruker, Agilent Technologies, Oxford Cryosystems, ISIS, Rigaku.