Research Centre for Crystalline Materials

Research Centre for Crystalline Materials


The Research Centre for Crystalline Materials was established to be a focus for the determination of molecular structure by X-ray crystallographic methods, to understand how molecules assemble in the crystalline state and to develop novel metal-based therapeutics agents (anticancer, antimicrobial, antiviral, etc.). Under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Edward RT Tiekink, our work has been described in nearly 2,000 research publications and received over 20,000 citations (SCOPUS).

Our activities revolve around the systematic synthesis, physiochemical characterisation and computational chemistry evaluation of series of molecules. We are well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation such as variable-temperature single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction; variable-temperature solution and solid-state NMR, IR and UV/Vis spectroscopy; CHN analysis; as well as thermal methods (DSC & STA) amongst others. We welcome consultancy in terms of collaborations but also as “fee-for service”.


To be a highly visible and productive national centre of excellence for crystallographic research in molecular materials, that is also internationally recognised as being at the forefront of research in chemical crystallography/crystal engineering


  • To produce high quality data to enable the establishment of atomic connectivity and conformation of molecular compounds
  • To rationalise experimental molecular structure and determine its interplay with crystalline manifold
  • To determine, understand and predict the modes of association between molecules in crystals with the ultimate aim of designing crystal structures with desirable materials properties



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