IUCr Newsletter - Volume 24, Number 4 - 4
This special issue of Acta Cryst.
B (http://journals.iucr.org/b/issues/2017/02/00/) presents a selection
of the research presented at the 2nd
International Symposium on Halogen
Bonding, ISXB-2 (Gothenburg, Sweden; June 2016), highlighting some
of the main advances. Although the
halogen bond was identified some 200
years ago by Jean-Jacques Colin - with
the first rational application of the interaction winning Odd Hassel the Chemistry Nobel Prize in
1969 - the field of halogen bonding has only recently become
a hot research area. It is also renowned for its friendly openness
to various scientific fields, which were well represented at ISXB2: fundamental and computational chemistry, crystal engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, liquid systems and
applications. The Guest Editors, Mate Erdelyi and Pierangelo
Metrangolo, hope the issue will draw the attention of the broad
scientific community and raise the interest of many to enter this
exciting field and contribute to the upcoming ISXB-3, which
will take place in Greenville, SC, USA, in June 2018.
and March 2017 issues of Acta Cryst. D (http://journals.iucr.
org/d/issues/2017/02/00/ and http://journals.iucr.org/d/issues/2017/03/00/). Guest Editors Charles Ballard, Judit Debreczeni and Paul Emsley hope the concepts and tools described in
these open-access issues will contribute to further improvements
in generating protein-ligand complexes and the quality of the resulting structures.
Advanced neutron scattering instrumentation:
call for papers
The Journal of Applied Crystallography (http://journals.
iucr.org/j/) invites papers on advanced neutron scattering instrumentation to appear in a special issue planned for
April 2018, which will coincide with the journal's 50th anniversary. The volume will be edited by Guest Editors Dimitri Argyriou and Andrew Allen, together with several Guest
Co-editors. The deadline for paper submission is September
1, 2017. Please go to http://doi.org/b6d9 for more information and submission instructions.
Recognising the requirement for
closer integration of NMR with other
methods of studying crystalline materials, the IUCr Commission on NMR
Crystallography and Related Methods
established at the Montreal General Assembly in August 2014. Now, after discussions between the Commission and
IUCr Journals, Acta Cryst. C has published its first special issue on NMR crystallography: http://journals.iucr.org/c/issues/2017/03/00/. Guest-edited by David Bryce
[who will be delivering a Keynote Lecture on solid-state NMR of
materials at IUCr2017 (www.iucr2017.org/program/scientificprogram/key-notes/)] and Francis Taulelle, Chair of the Commission, this issue serves as an excellent introduction to the power
and scope of NMR crystallographic methods and applications.
Protein-ligand complexes: understanding
Despite their crucial role in biochemical processes, ligands have been
the poor relations of protein crystallography. However, in recent years interdisciplinary collaborations as well
as developments in hardware and software have improved the study of protein-ligand complexes. In recognition
of this, the subject of the 2016 CCP4
Study Weekend (Nottingham, UK;
January 2016) was Protein-ligand
complexes: understanding biological chemistry. The proceedings of this meeting have now been published in the February
New additional Main Editors
Acta Cryst. B (http://journals.iucr.org/b) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new additional Main Editor, Ashwini Kumar Nangia. Nangia, who is based at the School of
Chemistry, U. of Hyderabad, India, established his research group
working on the synthesis of natural products and enzyme inhibitors, and continued research in this field until 1995. He then
shifted focus to supramolecular chemistry and then crystal engineering in the second half of the 1990s. He established an active research programme in the emerging topics of host-guest
IUCr Newsletter ♦ Volume 24, Number 4 ♦ 2016