This entry begins with a little story and intriguing discovery.
NEXT GENERATION CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
2014 is the international year of Crystallography. One of our
class exercises included a written team reflection on crystallography.
One of the teams volunteered to write on this topic, which allowed
me to do a little homework and learning. It is fascinating to
explore not only all the Nobel’s crystallography has been part of,
but also where the field is moving. See this video for a sketch.
Then a marvelous article by J. Wesolowski reported the consortium
of eight partners forming the BioXFEL (x-ray, free electron laser)
to perform the next generation of serial femtosecond crystallography.
Some of the work will be done at the Huaptman-Woodward
Medical Research Institute.
Please also refer to a remarkable article on advanced
crystallography on nanomaterials and biocrystals by Ourmazd .
Another student introduced me by way of reviewing his public
relations documents to the grand challenge of designing, developing
and modeling new catalysts. It is an eye-opening view of
programs to develop future catalysts.
Materials Genome Initiative: Grand Challenges Summit by
Mark Barteau and Cathy Tway
[.ppt file: Catalysis-MGI-webinar-FINAL-1]