Report from the 23rd IUCr Congress, Montreal, August 2014

By metastable-materials, Sep 24 2014 10:44AM

This summer members of the Metastable Materials Group attended the 23rd Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, which was held in Montreal.

Contributions from the group included a number of oral and poster presentations. Invited talks came from both Dr Andy Burrows and Dr Lynne Thomas, who spoke in parallel sessions. Andy gave his insight into the synthesis and post-synthetic modification of metal-organic frameworks, which was received with great interest by the largely crystallographic audience, whilst Lynne presented her collaborative research into the complicated nanostructure of cellulose microfibrils. In addition, Professors Wilson and Raithby were both invited to chair sessions during the Congress.

Alongside the many exciting microsymposia and keynote speakers, a number of interesting plenary lectures were scheduled. These included a fascinating talk by Dr David Bish describing his work with the CHEMIN instrument, currently installed on NASA’s Curiosity rover and undertaking the first ever X-ray Powder diffraction measurements on Mars! All this was only part of a busy programme of scientific and social activities, which kept everybody busy and engaged throughout a hugely enjoyable week!

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