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Red Kite IV – Update

Thank-you very much to all the speakers, attendees and especially the tour guides and helpers from Diamond who made this a fantastic event.  For those who missed it, the program for Red Kite IV is available to download.  The weather was awful but the bus stopped right outside Diamond house, so only the posters that were dropped in a puddle in Oxford got wet.

As soon as people had registered, the first session started with a quick introduction given by our hostess, Harriott Nowell (DLS), followed by the talks chaired by Sarah Barnett (DLS).  The first talk was given by Steve Thompson (DLS) who discussed the powder beamline I11.  This is currently undergoing an upgrade to add an extra experimental hutch for use on Long Duration Experiments where samples need only short data collections (seconds/minutes), but at very large intervals (days-months).  Next was a presentation by Phil Chater (DLS), which was an introduction to a technique that was new to a lot of the audience, PDF analysis, and how data can be collected at Diamond and a the development of a new PDF beamline.

After the first session we had tea and home-made cakes (apparently this is a particularly popular part of the meeting), and those who had registered, went on a tour of the facility.  It was very quiet in Diamond House while people were shown round the experimental hall and introduced to some of the beamlines, but as people slowly came back, the enthusiasm was audible.  For those who had never seen Diamond before, the experience made a real impression – “Science is So Awesome” said one student on his return and the feeling seemed to be a general one.

With the tours over, we had the second session of talks.  The first was an exceptional talk by Anna Warren (DLS) showing how some people on the protein beamlines struggle to see their crystals (never-mind mount, centre and collect data on them), and how tomography can help.  This was followed by three shorter talks from students attendees.  Jon Treacy (Manchester & DLS) gave a lovely talk on the structure of materials at interfaces, something that we often don’t really think about.  Next was a Rich Knighton (Oxford) who presented his work on the challenging interlocked molecular structures before the session was finished by Karim Sutton (Oxford & DLS) who explained how tuning the wavelength on a single crystal diffraction beamline can give additional information.

After the final session, yhe usual tweeting poster prizes were awarded and there was the drinks reception with yet more posters before the coach arrived to take everyone back to Oxford.  An excellent time was had by all we would like to thank all the staff at Diamond for their assistance making the event a roaring success.  There are a few photos below to remind you of the day; we are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the next meeting in Oxford in January 2014.

Red Kite IV at Diamond
Red Kite IV at Diamond
Jon Treacey explains about the structure of materials at interfaces
Jon Treacey explains about the structure of materials at interfaces
Rick Knighton tells us about rotaxanes and catenanes
Rick Knighton tells us about rotaxanes and catenanes
Karim Sutton varies his wavelength
Karim Sutton varies his wavelength
A Kite chills out after the event
A Kite chills out after the event

Red Kite IV – September 9th 2013

The fourth meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Monday 9th September, 2013 at Diamond House (Room G.59 and the Atrium).

Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from Diamond. There will also be a tour of Diamond Light Source, however we need to know how many people are coming for safety as well as the nicer things, like making sure we don’t run out of tea, coffee, and nibbles.

The tour will be associated with a microsymposium, comprising a number of short talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of synchrotron radiation as a structural probe.  The programme is below or can be downloaded in printable format.


12.15 pm Coach Leaves South Parks Road
12.50 pm Arrival Diamond  Register, collect badge & put up posters
1:15 pm Dr. Harriott Nowell (Diamond)  Introduction and Welcome
1:20 pm Dr. Steve Thompson (Diamond) “I11 Upgrade Project”
1.50 pm Dr. Philip Chater (Diamond) “Structural Chemistry Through the Length Scales”
2.20 pm Tours, Tea, Coffee and Posters in R22
3.50 pm Dr. Anna Warren (Diamond)  “X-ray Imaging as a Tool for Crystal Location”
4.10 pm Jon Treacy (Diamond/Manchester) “SXRD of Metal Oxides”
4.30 pm Rich Knighton (Oxford) “Towards Selective Anion Binding By Templated Interlocked Structures”
4.50 pm Karim Sutton (Oxford) “Big Methods for Small Molecules”
5.10 pm Drinks reception and Posters
6.00 pm Coach departs for Oxford.


There will be a general structural science poster session and as before, the best will be rewarded  (and yes, it will probably tweet).

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/poster prizes/seats on the bus, please let Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson @ chem.ox.ac.uk) know if you would like to come. If you need transport from Oxford and/or would like to go on one of the tours, we need to know BY MONDAY 26TH August.  So, please let us know:

– Whether you need transport from Oxford
– If you would like to go on the tour of Diamond
– Whether you are going to bring a poster (it doesn’t have to be synchrotron radiation based)
– If you would prefer not to be added to the private announcement mailing list


Red Kite III

The third meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Thursday 10th January, 2013 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund.  The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by three shorter talks by younger researchers.


9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Prof. Paul R. Raithby (Bath/RCaH) “Photocrystallography: Watching Chemistry Happen”
10:30 Keary M. Engle (Oxford) “Hydrogen-Bonding Effects on the Reactivity of Fluoride Anion”
10:45 Matthew P. Blake (Oxford) “Alkaline Earth- and Rare Earth-Transition Metal Complexes”
11:00 Andrew B. Cairns (Oxford) Understanding the Unusual Mechanical Properties of Cyanide Framework Materials
11:15 Tea Break
11:45 Prof. Elspeth F. Garman (Oxford) “From Hot to Cool and Back Again: The Radiation Damage Challenge in MX”
12:15 Sebastian D. Pike (Oxford) “Characterization a Rhodium(I) Sigma Alkane Complex Formed by a Crystal to Crystal Transition”
12:30 Dr. Russell W. Driver (Oxford) “Intramolecular C-H…O Hydrogen Bonding in Small Molecules”
12:45 Simon Cassidy (Oxford/Diamond) “EXAFS Studies of High Vacancy Solids”
1:00 Lunch & Posters (JR Seminar Room)
2:30 Prof. David A. Keen (ISIS) “Complexity in Cubic and Nearly Cubic Crystals”
3:00 Dr. Micheal McDonough (Oxford) “The Crystal Structure of AspH in Complex with the an EGF-like Domain from the Blood Coagulation Factor X”
3:20 Dr. Kirsten E. Christensen (Oxford) “Aperiodicity: Between Order and Disorder”
3:40 Dr. Julia Parker (Diamond) “It’s All About the ‘Mussel’ Strength”
4:00 Drinks Reception & Posters (JR Seminar Room)  


Those not speaking are encouraged to bring posters and the best will be rewarded.

Lunch is included, as is a small drinks reception after the meeting in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room.  These will only be available to registered attendees.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Oxford, so please keep that in mind if travelling and we would recommend the train or Park & Ride.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/sandwiches/poster boards etc., please let us know you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster; the registration form is below.  The registration deadline is Noon on Monday 7th January  and we will confirm receipt by email.