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The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNC/Cr) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is providing an online workshop series for students and researchers on the use, development, and maintenance of crystallographic and structural databases. CCDC is excited to present a two-day session at the event about the Cambridge Structural Database! To celebrate, we’re hosting a live AMA (ask me anything) via Twitter with the CCDC session host, Dr Jeff Lengyel, and departmental crystallographer at the University of Notre Dame, Dr Allen Oliver.


On April 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM (ET), Jeff and Allen will be ready to take your questions via Twitter! Just tweet your questions to @ccdc_cambridge, and we’ll answer as many as we can in real-time.

We’ll answer questions on all things chemistry, crystallography, machine learning, data mining, and even what it’s like to transition from graduate school to your full-time career.


Hi, I'm Dr Allen Oliver

I have a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where I found my passion for chemical crystallography. While completing my doctorate, I was also the staff crystallographer at Auckland University, which led to a crystallography post-doc at UC Berkeley. Subsequent to Berkeley, I served as the crystallographer at UC Santa Cruz and for the last 14 years, I have been a research professor and departmental crystallographer at the University of Notre Dame. I teach a course in crystallography at Notre Dame and have hosted and served as an instructor for the American Crystallographic Association Summer Course in Crystallography.

Ask me anything!

Hi, I'm Dr Jeff Lengyel

I joined CCDC in 2019 after finishing my PhD in materials chemistry at Florida State University. I am now a research and applications scientist with CCDC’s materials science group. I assist with a wide variety of functions, including providing users with scientific support, educating new users and customers about our tools, and researching ways machine learning can be used to extract knowledge from the Cambridge Structural Database. I’m also leading this two-day session at the USNC/Cr Workshop Series on April 12 – 13.

Ask me anything!