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New Red Kite Website

Welcome to the New Red Kite Crystallography Network website.

This webpage is currently under development, but the intention is to use this site to publicise meetings and events held by the Network and also house some information about the instrumentation, personnel and expertise available locally with appropriate links.

Please sign up for emails (right) and watch this space as the website grows!

January 2012 Meeting – Update

Thank-you to all the speakers and attendees who made this a great event.  For those who missed it, the first meeting, held in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford was a great success and the program is available to download. A short poster session was held after lunch and first prize was awarded to Elena Marelli (Reading), with Matt Langton and Callum Young (Oxford) as runners up. Photos are shown below; see you all again next year!

Prof. Bill David Presents
Prof. Bill David Presents


The audience listen attentively
The audience listen attentively


Poster presentation
Poster presentation


A Red Kite chilling out after the event
A Red Kite chilling out after the event


First Meeting – January 12th 2012

The inaugural meeting of the Red Kite Crystallographers will be held on Thursday 12th January, 2012 in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be free of charge.  The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by a three shorter talks by younger researchers.


9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Prof. Harry L. Anderson (Oxford) “Porphyrin Nanorings”
10:30 Claire Murray (Reading/Diamond) “Pairwise Assembly of Organopalladium(II) Centres with the Cyanurato(3-) Ligand”
10:45 Nick White (Oxford) “Towards Selective Anion Binding inside Interlocked Molecules”
11:00 Dr. Fraser White (Oxford Diffraction/Agilent) “Copper or Molybdenum? A Comparative Study”
11:15 Tea Break
11:45 Prof. Bill I. F. David (ISIS) “Structure-property Relationships in Lightweight Hydrides – Playing the Odds”
12:15 Stefan Sedlmaier (Oxford) “Synthesis, Identification and Characterisation of novel, condensed Oxonitridophosphates and Phosphorus Oxonitrides”
12:30 Karim Sutton (Oxford/Diamond) “Exploiting the Tunable Wavelength Capabilities of Beamline I19″
12:45 Michael Kelly (Oxford) “Exploring Catalysts for Novel Hydrogen Storage Materials”
1:00 Lunch (Not included)
2:00 Posters
2:30 Dr. Andrew L. Goodwin (Oxford) “Size Matters: The Anomalous Mechanics of Frameworks”
3:00 Dr. Jeppe Christensen (RCaH) “Dynamical Structural Science at RCaH”
3:20 Dr. Matthias Gutmann (ISIS) “A Combined Neutron, X-ray and Computational Study of Croconic Acid”
3:40 Dr. Robin Owen (Diamond) “Exploiting Fast Detectors and Bright Beamlines for Room Temperature MX at the Synchrotron”
4:00 Close


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

Lunch is not included, but will be available from either the Chemistry Canteen, the Biochemistry Café or the University Staff Club on the day.  Alternatively you can bring a packed lunch.  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/poster boards, please let Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson @ or Richard I. Cooper (richard.cooper @ know BY MONDAY if you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster.