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Open Access Resources for Crystallography Education in Interdisciplinary College Courses: Crystallographic Databases and 3D Printed Models
MRS Proceedings (2014)
  • Peter Moeck, Portland State University
  • Jennifer Stone-Sunberg, Portland State University
  • Trevor J. Snyder, Portland State University
  • Werner Kaminsky
Abstract
Complementing a multitude of activities around the International Year of Crystallography, we report here on a few resources that are helpful for integrating basic crystallography into interdisciplinary college education. We concentrate on four resources with which we are directly involved. The Crystallography Open Database (COD) features currently more than 295,000 entries and has over the last decade developed into the world’s premier open-access source for the structures of small molecules and small to medium sized unit cell crystals. ‘Educational offshoots’ of the COD with approximately a thousand entries combined provide structural information on small molecules, selected macromolecules, crystal structures, grain boundaries, and crystal morphologies in the well documented Crystallographic Information Framework (CIF) file format. This information can be displayed interactively on the website http://nanocrystallography.research.pdx.edu and freely downloaded. Files that allow for the printing of selected database entries on any 3D printer have been added to this site and are also freely downloadable. These files were created with the programs Cif2VRML and WinXMorph that convert CIF files directly into 3D printing files. Interested college educators are invited to visit our open access crystallography resource portal and suggest other resources that should receive wider exposure over this portal.
Keywords
  • Crystallography -- Study and teaching (Higher),
  • Crystallography -- Databases -- Design and construction,
  • Crystals -- Structure
Publication Date
2014
Publisher Statement
Copyright © Materials Research Society 2014
Citation Information
Peter Moeck, Jennifer Stone-Sunberg, Trevor J. Snyder and Werner Kaminsky. "Open Access Resources for Crystallography Education in Interdisciplinary College Courses: Crystallographic Databases and 3D Printed Models" MRS Proceedings Vol. 1716 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_moeck/28/