Structure elucidation

Structure elucidation is the process of determining the chemical structure of a compound. For organic compounds, it will often involve the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR spectroscopy). Other characterization techniques include mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.

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    | Open Access

    Polymorphs, crystals with different structure and properties but the same molecular composition, arise from the subtle interplay between thermodynamics and kinetics during crystallisation. In this opinion piece, the authors review the latest developments in the field of polymorphism and discuss standing open questions.

    • Aurora J. Cruz-Cabeza
    • , Neil Feeder
    •  & Roger J. Davey
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    Most compounds form crystals so small that scientists cannot experimentally determine their atomic structures using X-ray crystallography. Microcrystal electron diffraction now provides a unique solution for this challenge.

    • Oleg Sitsel
    •  & Stefan Raunser
    Nature Chemistry 11, 106-108