Case Studies

Title of Case Study: Southampton’s National Crystallography Service helping researchers tackle key societal challenges

Grant Reference Number or Facility Name: School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow accessing National Crystallography Service, University of Southampton

One sentence summary: The University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry are one of the most prolific users of Southampton’s National Crystallography Service.

One paragraph Summary: Data collected by the National Crystallography Service (NCS), at the University of Southampton, is enabling researchers at the University of Glasgow to explore the answers to some of the key challenges facing our world today such as the capture and storage of CO2


Title of Case Study: Applications of luminescent coordination complexes

Grant Reference Number or Facility Name: Cardiff University accessing National Crystallography Service, University of Southampton

One sentence summary: Crystallography data is helping transform healthcare imaging and treatment with the development of luminescent metal-containing compounds.

One paragraph summary: Data from the University of Southampton’s National Crystallography Service (NCS) is helping academics at Cardiff University develop luminescent metal-containing compounds that could transform biological imaging and help in the global fight against cancer and other medical conditions.


Title of Case Study: Radiation damage in chemical crystallography

Grant Reference Number or Facility Name: RCUK/D/EPSRC/Facilities/XRC/10, National Crystallography Service, University of Southampton

One sentence summary: World-leading research aims to reveal cause of radiation damage in chemical crystallography

One paragraph Summary: Scientists at Southampton’s National Crystallography Service are global leaders in innovative research to minimise the X-ray radiation damage caused to small molecule crystals during analysis.


Title of Case Study: Designing molecules for light harvesting and charge transport

Grant Reference Number or Facility Name: Dr Peter Holliman, Bangor University

One sentence summary: Developing large scale, affordable solar panels that could revolutionise the renewable energy industry.

One paragraph Summary: Data from the National Crystallography Service (NCS), at the University of Southampton, is helping chemists at Bangor University develop integrated solar panels that could significantly impact our future energy supplies.


Title of Case Study: Topologically directed discovery of functional co-ordination materials

Grant Reference Number or Facility Name: University of Sussex, Dr George Kostakis, accessing National Crystallography Service, University of Southampton.

One sentence summary: One paragraph Summary: Data from the University of Southampton’s National Crystallography Service (NCS) is helping chemists at the University of Sussex address major challenges in synthetic chemistry to produce functional and transformative materials.

Key outputs in bullet points: 

NCS data is enabling:

  • transformative  multidisciplinary science leading to new knowledge
  • new collaborations with chemists to study the properties of compounds 
  • the training of chemical topological scientists to design and develop new materials that will address the needs of the future industry
  • the training of students who will understand the potential application of their research and develop skills to enable them to progress in emerging sectors and traditional industries