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More Items of Crystallographic Interest

  • Paul Boyle, director of the X-ray Facility of the Department of Chemistry at Western University, is the author of Growing Crystals That Will Make Your Crystallographer Happy, a compilation of hints for research chemists trying to grow crystals suitable for single-crystal X-ray structure determination (Note to departmental clients: printed copies of this article are available; just drop by the X-ray lab [E3-13] if you'd like one).
    If you're trying to grow crystals for a school science project, or if you're just interested in crystal-growing for fun, Paul has also authored Crystal Growing for Students - check it out!

  • Paul Theissen (now at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.), is the author of PovChem, a chemistry-friendly front end for POV-Ray. Visit the PovChem home page to view Paul's collection of images of molecular models, and for directions on how to download and use it yourself.

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  • Pat Walters and Matt Stahl at the University of Arizona Chemistry Department are the authors of Babel, which they describe as "a molecular structure information interchange hub." Babel allows easy interconversion between file formats commonly used in molecular modelling and structural chemistry.
    Go to the Babel download page to obtain Babel for a variety of platforms.

  • Want to create realistic images of molecular models? Try Paul Theissen's PovChem. PovChem takes coordinates files (in Protein Data Bank (PDB) format) and outputs instructions files for POV-Ray, the Persistence of Vision Raytracing program.
    NOTE: You MUST have POV-Ray installed on your system to produce the graphics files. Babel (see above) is also recommended for generating PDB-format coordinates files.


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      Last updated 15 August 2016